The Ripple Effect of a Bad Boss on Dual-Career Parents

It’s no secret that a supportive boss can play an instrumental role in your ability to thrive both at work and at home. In this piece, the authors take this finding one step further. Their research highlights how your boss can also indirectly influence your co-parent’s ability to thrive as well. While it may not always be an option to choose your supervisor, by understanding how this process unfolds, you can take steps to more consciously navigate complex work, parenting, and partnership decisions to maximize opportunities for both you and your co-parent to thrive in all facets of life.

A recent Washington Post article highlighted a seemingly obvious, yet critically important finding from research conducted by Maureen Perry-Jenkins: When parents work in more supportive environments, they are able to be more effective in their parenting roles. This, in turn, leads to better developmental outcomes for their children. It’s no surprise that this news…

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This article was written by Alyssa F. Westring and originally published on