Work-life balance

These new distance learning school schedules are already causing parents to stress

School districts offering distance learning options for the fall are beginning to send out their new schedules, and the plans aren’t necessarily easing anxieties for busy moms and dads. Working parents have started posting these demanding new school schedules on Twitter, and it’s sparked a serious conversation about the hardships... more

I quit my job due to the pandemic and feel like a failure as a working mom

As a working mom, the COVID-19 pandemic hit my life like a nuclear bomb. Overnight, I went from being an ambitious writing and marketing professional with two kids in school to being an overworked, chaotic mess and a poor excuse for a virtual learning teacher. For months, I struggled to... more

Could ‘double bubbles’ be the pandemic-inspired child care solution of the future?

Social distancing has proven difficult for many families, but would it be easier if you could do it with friends? As the pandemic lingers on, some families are starting to come together in so-called “double bubbles” to support one another.  The “double bubble” trend first took off in Alberta... more

COVID-19 reveals an already broken system for working families in America

For most American families, work-life balance was a struggle long before the days of social distancing and indefinite school closures. The difficulty many face in finding child care and elder care in this country has a measurable impact on people’s wages, mental health and productivity. Now, restrictions and closures due... more

Parenting is forever changed by this pandemic, but it’s going to be worth it, right?

If there was one word to blanketly describe the feelings of living amid this pandemic, it might be “intense.” Intense frustration. Intense fear. Intense love. Intense gratitude. Intense boredom. While my family and I are incredibly lucky right now — we’re all healthy, my husband and I have jobs... more

America is reopening, but there’s still not enough child care

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the U.S., many of us have been daydreaming about the day when stay-at-home orders finally end and life can return to normal. Now, more than half of the states in the U.S. are starting to lift COVID-19 restrictions or have plans to... more

How two single moms created the ultimate pandemic partnership

Indeed, we are all in this pandemic together. However, healthcare, childcare and other essential workers, as well as single parents, are all under an extraordinary amount of pressure to keep work and family life going right now. That means a lot of sacrifice and creativity must come into play for... more

9 ways parents can work at home with kids — and actually get stuff done

For parents who aren’t accustomed to working from home, balancing work with child care can be a major challenge — whether you just have one baby with a runny nose or a houseful of kids buzzing with the excitement of time off from school. And yet it’s a challenge that... more