Offers strategies and guidance to building a happier family life by doing less not more, and parenting smarter not harder.
Most modern parents work. And we have limited time, limited energy, limited patience, and too much to do. We are seldom at our best at the end of a long working day when the parenting shift kicks in. We want to do the right thing but, in the thick of it, with no time to think and no energy to spare, it’s easy to miss the small changes that could make a big difference to our child’s (and our own) wellbeing.
This book moves the goalposts by suggesting ways to parent smarter not harder and to really tune in to the needs of our children and our families. Focusing on the quality of time and not the quantity, parents can learn to cultivate better family wellbeing and happiness.
The Working Parent’s Survival Guide: How to Parent Smarter Not Harder is essential reading for every working parent. Written by an expert in child development and parenting who has worked with thousands of stressed out working parents, it walks you through an approach to parenting that will transform family life - and which can be fitted into modern working patterns.
Covering all the sticky challenges of a working parent’s day (such as getting everyone out of the house on time in the morning, managing difficult behavior when you’re tired at the end of the day, and controlling tech time), The Working Parent’s Survival Guide will help you to stop feeling guilty about being at work and give you the tools to create the harmonious family life you want to come home to.
Anita Cleare is a parenting speaker, writer, coach, and co-founder of The Positive Parenting Project. She lives in Windsor (UK).
Thinking Parenting blogger Cleare offers spot-on advice for working parents in her insightful debut. She details the difference between “work mode and parent mode,” advising readers to let go of a to-do list mindset when they arrive at home from work and instead “seize those little moments to establish connection” with their children. She identifies common behaviors that parents fall prey to out of exhaustion, such as giving in because it’s easier, doling out inconsistent punishment, and failing to give kids the undivided attention they need. Then come tips: parents should have a “reasonable plan” and stick to it, for example, as they teach kids to take on responsibilities around the house, model appropriate screen time, and help children manage emotions by acknowledging what they’re feeling and naming it. Cleare’s advice is practical and specific, and her tone encouraging: “Being a successful working parent means... designing a family life in which you can thrive. Because you really matter.” This will be a lifeline for parents struggling to find balance.
I wish I had read this book when my four children were young. I love the “can do” approach and the lack of judgement about working mothers. I love that it is about parenting and not mothering. Every chapter is full of easy-to-implement small fixes, which I am betting will add up to a big improvement in everyone’s well-being.
A go-to resource for all parents that focuses on the importance of empowering a child through a joyous trial-and-error process. This book contains a wealth of strategies that can help alleviate the daily stresses that come with parenting and also help guide children in taking ownership of their lives and developing a high self-esteem and sense of fulfillment.
The Working Parent’s Survival Guide is a must-read for anyone who’s struggled to balance the demands of work and the pull of family. Anita Cleare blends the expertise of a trained psychologist, the prose of a gifted writer, and the lived experience of a working mom in her guide to parenting young children calmly, intentionally, and with joy. Cleare offers readers proven strategies for (re)connecting with their kids and reclaiming home-time from work-think. Her advice for fostering a less-stressed, more fulfilling environment at home should be required reading for busy parents of little humans.