For most of the past 15 years I have been working at the "higher" end of the technical spectrum, in both permanent and contracting roles such as tech lead, information architect, product architect, development manager and various senior contract roles.
I'm finding that the work/life balance has started to become totally skewed and I feel the need to pull back down to a less stressful level (and a corresponding lower income of course) into a stable permanent role. I'm going through some personal changes in my life right now and it means being able to spend more time with my kids over the next few years. As an aside, the jobs are slightly closer to where I live but not by a significant distance. It would however mean that I have less traffic in the commute.
The problem I am having is that prospective employers are questioning my capacity to work in a lower level job and not feel that it's "beneath" me. I've assured them that no, I don't particularly have an ego about it and it's about wanting to regain work/life balance by being less stressed, but they are still skeptical and seem concerned that I am overqualified and could be a flight risk to take another high end job in short order.
My question is, how can I convince a prospective employer that my priorities have changed, I just want to be able to come to work and do my job (very, very well I might add!) and don't feel the need to sit at the top of the ladder anymore?
In response to many good questions in the comments below, this is one option I am considering of several. My question is simply asking how to approach it if I take this option. :)