The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids

Daisy Dowling

Harvard Business Review Press, May 2021

An all-in-one resource for every working mother and father

Sure, there are plenty of parenting books out there. But as working moms and dads, we’ve never had a trusted, go-to guide all our own―one that coaches us on how to do well at work, be the loving and engaged parents we want to be, and remain true to ourselves in the process.

Enter Workparent. Whether you’re planning a family, pushing for promotion during your kids’ teenage years, or at any phase in between, Workparent provides all the advice and assurance you’ll need to combine children and career in your own, authentic way. Whatever your field or family structure, you’ll learn how to:

  • Find a childcare arrangement you fully trust
  • Build a strong support team, at home and on the job
  • Advocate for advancement—and flexibility
  • Step up at work while keeping your family healthy and whole
  • Tame guilt, self-doubt, worry, and other difficult emotions
  • Navigate big transitions: the return from leave, a promotion or job change, or the arrival of a second child
  • Manage day-to-day pressures, like scheduling, mealtimes, homework—and more
  • Find—and really use—time off
  • Feel more capable, calm, and in-control


Written by Daisy Dowling, a top executive coach, talent expert, and working mom, Workparent is big and browsable, yet feels like a good talk with your favorite mentor. Finally, the handbook you need to thrive as a working parent.

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About the Author

Daisy Dowling is an expert executive coach on a mission: to help working parents lead more successful and satisfying lives. She is the author of Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. Daisy’s work centers on a simple, bold idea: that with the right support and insights, you can earn a living and build your career while being a wonderful mother or father – and remain yourself in the process.

Daisy is also the Founder & CEO of Workparent, a specialty coaching, training and consulting firm that supports working mothers and fathers and organizations that employ them. She delivers keynote speeches, runs working parent workshops, and coaches individual parents at leading, diverse organizations such as Morgan Stanley, Dow Jones, Paul Weiss, Omnicom, Big Lots!, KKR and the United States Air Force. Daisy’s advice on combining career and children has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Sunday Times (UK), and on

Earlier in her career Daisy led global leadership development efforts at three Fortune 500 companies. She’s advised leaders in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia on how to get ahead at work and develop their authentic leadership styles.

A proud working parent herself, Daisy earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and BA at Brown University. She lives in New York with her (working-dad) husband and their two young children.

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