License To Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids

Putnam. Jun. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780593191118. $26. CHILD REARING
Hillsberg and her spouse first met when they were CIA agents. Later, after Hillsberg gave birth to the couple’s child, she returned to work, then surprised herself two months later by deciding to stay at home with her child full-time. She was taken aback to discover how much of what she had learned as a CIA agent also applied to her parenting journey, including learning to thrive in extreme circumstances; spotting and surviving danger; negotiating and finding common ground; communicating effectively; and conducting research.
VERDICT With tips for staying safe online, living by one’s principles, and finding a healthy balance with risk, this is a fascinating and useful take on parenting.
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