After I had my first daughter I always knew I would return to work. I knew I couldn’t be a stay at home mum, I needed something for me. What I didn’t expect though was the amount of guilt I would feel. The feelings that my daughter was missing out in having me at home were strong, but I couldn’t give up my work.
Our youngest daughter came along three years later, and once again I returned to work after my maternity leave. This time though it was partly financial reasons. The hubby also worked, and with his shifts there would often be days were I would have the girls on my own and vice versa.
When I got given the opportunity to review The Working Parents a Guide to Raising Happy and Confident Childen by Nadim Saad I jumped at the chance.
My first instincts about this book is that you can tell it’s been written by someone who has been there, done it and brought the t-shirt, with Puke stains down. I haven’t had chance to finish the book yet but what I have read so far has really resonated with me.
The book is written using business words, and I get why it’s been done like this. There is also a lot of talk about being a team, backing each other up, working together, showing and using the leadership skills that you use in your work life.
Nadim talks about there being two types of parents, the uncertain parent, and the leader parent, with the book teaching you to lean towards being a leader parent. Also known as the balanced parent.
The book is broken into seven chapters:
- What Parenting and Leadership have in common
- Becoming a Conscious & Strategic Parent
- Communicating Effectively to Meet Children’s Needs
- Leading by Example, Motivating & Inspiring
- Building Trust & Connection
- Allowing Children to be Accountable for Thier Actions
- Fulfilling Children’s Potential
Following the chapters there is also a 5-week programme that Nadim suggests you give a go. It shows you how to become a leader parent and trouble-shooting the top 20 parenting challenges. It also includes sections for notes and little exercises for you to complete.
I mentioned earlier I am still working my way thought the book and the programme but I will come back to update this post later one to let you know I got on. So far though, I have found this book really interesting and helpful. I am sure by implementing some of these techniques my two girls will continue to grow in confidence and I will feel better about managing that mummy guilt.
The Working Parents’ Guide to Raising Happy and Confident Children is priced at RRP £11.99 and is available to buy from Amazon and all other good book retailers.