An article posted to the New York Times on April 27, 2020, discusses the three things lockdowns have exposed about working and parenting.
Parenting happens at all hours
The American workplace has increasingly expected what social scientists call undivided loyalty. Employers expect workers to be available on-demand. This has never been compatible with parenthood.
Raising children is not just a personal choice
Researchers argue that because children are future taxpayers - and future doctors, teachers and firefighters - parents are contributing to society by raising them.
Working parents can’t do it alone
Unlike people in other advanced nations, American parents have little structural support. Now, with schools and child care centers closed, it’s obvious how much child care is a societal, not just an individual, need.
Read the full article here.
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