Power of the Parent 3: S4 Ep3: Dr Michaela Thomas – The Thomas Connection
In this weeks episode I’m talking to clinical psychologist Michaela Thomas, founder of The Thomas Connection and what a conversation it was!
We covered cortisol within the first five minutes and ended on a practical message to line managers who feel like they lack empathy and compassion… so the in between stuff was pretty spectacular too! The impact of disconnection from the workplace on parental leave, the implications of perfectionism, overwhelm and burnout, were all hot topics for us.
It’s a great mix of conversations you might want to be having with yourself (I know there were a couple of perfectionist tendencies I could feel coming out for me) and also transformational practical advice about how to tackle some of these (seemingly) scary topics as an employer – particularly if you’re worried about ‘getting it wrong’.
I think one of my favourite parts of the conversation was when Michaela summed up that it’s time to send a strong message that becoming a parent in the workplace is a season and another chapter – we need to see it as a transition, not something that goes on forever. It rang incredibly true for the conversations I have with clients!