The Parental Leave Playbook

Coming September 15, 2021 from Wiley

Learn the 10 touchpoints to transition smoothly, strengthen your family, and continue building your career

Support your growing family without losing professional ground—a proven approach

The Parental Leave Playbook helps parents take control of their leave and make the most of what’s considered a career time-out, but is actually a vital “time-in” for your life. If you’re an expecting or new parent concerned about how your  leave and return plans will affect your visibility, candidacy for promotion, work relationships, and performance (not to mention your identity and home life), this book will guide you into the smoothest transition possible. Most importantly, this book will help you as you grow and strengthen yourself and your family while remaining a professional.

“A book like this has long been needed, but never existed until now.”

Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PostPartum Support International

In The Parental Leave Playbook, you’ll learn Dr. Amy Beacom’s innovative R.E.T.A.I.N. framework and the three-phase, ten-touchpoint model, to coach yourself through the leave process. Beacom identifies the critical points before, during, and after leave where parents and managers must work together, and explains how parents can facilitate success by finessing the way they approach their manager and colleagues. These models are supported by case studies from the author’s work in the field with leading organizations like Microsoft, and supplemented by resources such as the evidence-based Parental Leave Transition Assessment (PLTA) sample report, leave action plan templates, reflection prompts, and development exercises to enhance self-awareness and skills.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate your parental leave plans effectively and at the right time
  • Set expectations with managers and colleagues to ensure a smooth transition
  • Learn how to maintain visibility, avoid being replaced, and continue your upward career trajectory during your parental leave and beyond
  • Grow and strengthen your family without sacrificing your professional gains

All working parents-to-be can benefit from the ideas and proven tools in this direct and practical book.

Preorder the Book and Receive Gifts to Help Plan Your Leave and Welcome Your Child

The Parental Leave Playbook will publish on September 15, 2021… but you (or your clients or employees) need to plan parental leave now!

Preorder today and we’ll give you resources that will help you plan your parental leave even before you get your copy.

Preorder 1-3 copies and receive…

The Next Steps: Action Plan template from the Center for Parental Leave Leadership will help think through all three phases of your parental leave transition.

Raffle tickets to win one of dozens of prizes that will make your transition to parenthood smoother including:

– A free one-hour parental leave coaching call with one of the authors.

– A free parental leave transition assessment and report to help you recognize the assets and liabilities of your transition.

-And much more—see below!

Preorder 4 or more copies and receive…

A seat for you and your guests in one of our Parental Leave Planning live workshops! Come live or watch the recording and feel empowered to plan your parental leave transition.

The Next Steps: Action Plan template from the Center for Parental Leave Leadership will help think through all three phases of your parental leave transition.

Raffle tickets to win one of dozens of prizes that will make your transition to parenthood smoother including:

– A free one-hour parental leave coaching call with one of the authors.

– A free parental leave transition assessment and report to help you recognize the assets and liabilities of your transition.

-And much more—see below!

To Get Your Free Gift(s):

  1. Order as many copies of The Parental Leave Playbook as you’d like from your preferred retailer (they make great gifts for the expecting parents in your life).

2. Fill in this form and gain access to your digital gifts.



3. Check your email inbox (and your spam folder). Once we validate your purchase, you’ll get access to download the Next Steps Action Plan template and workshop details if you’re eligible. We will notify prize winners by email as well.

Email us if you need any help accessing your free gifts.

No purchase necessary. Your odds of winning do not increase with a purchase. To enter without a purchase, simply enter “NA” in the last 3 fields of the form. By filling out this form, you agree to preorder and contest terms and will be subscribed to the Center for Parental Leave Leadership newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Your Preorder Also Gets You Raffle Tickets!
See Prizes Below!

Preorder the book and enter to win one of dozens of prizes to make your transition to parenthood even smoother, including:

Free coaching and transition assessment from the Center for Parental Leave Leadership

Developed by leading workplace psychologists and parental leave experts over many years, our Parental Leave Transition Assessment (PLTA) is the only evidence-based parental leave measurement tool in existence. Meet with a parental leave transition coach to plan your assessment.

A $497 value

10 winners will be selected

Online course from the Gottman Institute.

“Transition to Parenthood” is an evidence-based and research-tested program to help prepare couples for life with a new baby and the joys and challenges of the transition to parenthood. 

A $99 value

1 winner will be selected

Complete Lactation Preparation class from Boober

This in-depth live virtual class from Boober helps new families be ready to start their breastfeeding/chestfeeding journey with confidence.

A $75 value

1 winner will be selected

Fair Play book and card deck

This groundbreaking book and card deck by bestselling author Eve Rodsky will help you achieve equity at home.

A $29 value

1 winner will be selected

“Families by Design” online course from Equality at Home

This program helps you transform your relationship into a liberating, empowering, and fulfilling partnership as you become role models of equality for your children.

A $997 value

10 winners will be selected

Working Dad’s Survival Guide

A smart, charming, and actionable book, in which Scott Behson, PhD, provides advice and encouragement for dads trying to balance career and fatherhood. 

A $34 value

1 winner will be selected

The Whole-Person Workplace 

This book will help you develop ways to support your employees with the full range of their work-life challenges.

A $19.95 value

1 winner will be selected

Read full contest terms here.

About the Authors

Dr. Amy Beacom is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, the first consultancy in the US to focus exclusively on parental leave. Drawing on over 25 years in executive leadership development and coaching, Amy consults with Fortune 100 companies, international organizations, and working parents, transforming the way our companies and our country engage with the parental leave transition.

Amy created the first evidence-based parental leave transition coaching model and distilled it into this book, the first of its kind to provide step-by-step guidance for navigating this complex life transition. She has trained and supervised parental leave coaches both in the US and Australia and the manager-focused training program she created can be found in over 80 countries around the world. She regularly appears on expert panels, conferences, and podcasts and has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Working Mother. Amy holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Gender Studies from Lewis and Clark College, an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a doctorate, also from Columbia University, combining Organizational Psychology, Women’s Leadership, Work/Family, and Applied Anthropology. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their son and daughter. 

Sue Campbell is a writer, author, and coach who has worked with the Center for Parental Leave Leadership since its inception, helping to communicate the transformative impact of their core mission. Her professional background includes twelve years in public service, seven of those as a business systems analyst leading projects and teams to deliver process improvements through technology. Her writing, often focused on issues important to parents, has been published in many outlets, including Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy, and Mamalode. She is also the author of, The Cat, the Cat, the Leap, and the List, a novel for middle grade readers. Sue lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

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