Struggling to balance doing the school drop off, working long hours at work, and then getting dinner on the table at night?
Don’t you wish there was an HR department that could help you with that? Well now there is.
Some city finance firms are hiring parenting consultants to teach parents about things like education, sleep, and how to balance being a working parent.
Genius or madness? Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo can’t quite decide.
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Parenting consultant Debbie Ingham runs seminars at corporate giants, like Deloitte, hustling harried mums and dads through common problems that working parents have to deal with. One of the biggest concerns,she told the The Financial Times, is maternal guilt.
Is there a Powerpoint presentation long enough to cover maternal guilt? Are there KPIs for bed times?
Ha. Debbie says she sees a lot of parents who set the bar too high for themselves and hence feel like they aren’t doing a good enough job. Employers – who take an interest in the emotional health of their employees – hire experts in provide coping skills and reassurance.
“There is a belief [among parents] that I’ve made it work, why can’t you?” she said.