Guide for Parents
Parents have been faced with many challenging decisions since the coronavirus hit and as school closures continue, it has put a whole new stress on working parents. For many, working from home has become the new norm and companies have shifted their policies to allow employees to work remotely through 2020 or longer, and some indefinitely. While this might sound like the ultimate perk with no commutes and the freedom to essentially work from anywhere, it has different implications for parents -- especially women.
Effects of Remote Working on Parents:
1. No separation between work and home life
Working from home removes any separation you once had between work, school, family time, and personal time. If you’re anything like us, one room in your home now acts as the office, school, gym, and more. Not only does this make your day logistically stressful, it takes a toll on your mental and emotional health. Nearly 70% of employees are experiencing burnout symptoms since the pandemic, much of which is due to parents juggling their careers, home life, and caring for their children full-time.
2. Demands to multitask
Productivity at work is impacted as parents have to multitask due to school closures. Parents have to consistently care for their children throughout the work day and help with distance learning, provide meals, plan activities, and more. With all the additional responsibilities parents have, it is more likely (than those without kids) that they will pull back from work responsibilities to prioritize their child’s education and well-being. Parents are ultimately required to rethink how they prioritize their career versus their children.
3. Women are being forced to quit
Women are disproportionately losing employment or quitting work due to school and childcare closures. An estimated one third of unemployed millennial mothers chose not to work because they must care for their child at home, more than three times the number of young fathers. Despite the great strides women have made in the workplace and efforts toward equality in gender roles, 70% of women say they are responsible for housework and 66% for childcare. Women are put in near impossible situations where they are expected to work and parent full time, and it’s taking a toll as the pandemic continues.
4. Gender disparities are back on the rise
Women who have continued their careers are still being negatively affected by the pandemic more than men. Even in an in-person environment, women face challenges getting the same work benefits as their male counterparts and now remote work has exacerbated the existing disparities. Virtual meetings take away the potential for women to get in front of male decision makers and eliminate the opportunities for face-to-face networking that can advance their career.
It is important that the challenges parents face in light of COVID-19 are acknowledged in the workplace and that engaging childcare options are available to support working parents. One way to provide a safe and educational option for your child is to form a learning pod. Pods allow your child to thrive in an in-person, teacher-led program, while you find time to focus on your career. Go here, for more information on Bubbles.
About Bubbles by Swing Education
Bubbles by Swing Education will match parents with a qualified, experienced K-12 teacher to provide in-home education for a learning pod of two to eight students. Founded in 2015, Swing Education provides educators for K-12 schools. The company comprehensively recruits, screens, and prepares educators to fill teacher and support staff absences. To date, Swing Education has helped more than 2,500 school partners and over 5 million students. To learn more about Swing Education, visit www.swingeducation.com.