Bates White hosted “A Playbook for Juggling Your Career and Parenting,” a virtual presentation featuring Daisy Dowling, Founder and CEO of Workparent.
The past 18 months have been an unprecedented time. The pandemic has thrown into question what does and doesn’t work for working parents—on both the work front and the home front. In the past, many parents were resigned to long commutes and long work hours and expected they would miss meals, recitals, and sporting events. But after working from home and taking part in their children’s lives as never before, working parents are rethinking the acceptability of those tradeoffs and may no longer be willing to tolerate them. The good news is that this creates an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge our personal stresses and strains and move forward by taking control of the situation.
On September 27, Bates White hosted a virtual event with working parent expert Daisy Dowling, who shared insights, tools, and techniques that can help parents succeed at work while being the parents they want to be. Ms. Dowling discussed strategies to help with things like setting boundaries and maximizing time with kids without feeling guilty.
As Ms. Dowling explained, all working parents need help and support, and by expanding their “operating system,” what is daunting becomes manageable. Ms. Dowling provided several valuable strategies, ranging from developing a personal working template, to properly framing commitments when communicating with colleagues, to establishing a vision of the end goal during frustrating situations and transitions. The key is to take control of one’s overall situation.
About Daisy Dowling
Daisy Dowling is the author of Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. Ms. Dowling is an executive coach who has worked with moms and dads at numerous organizations, including Dow Jones, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, the NBA, and the UK National Health Service. She’s written on career and work life topics for Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and Fast Company. She’s also the proud full-time working mother of two young children.