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For the 75 percent of moms and 90 percent of dads who are employed, the sound of kids running around and screaming has become an all-too familiar background during conference calls as work routines have been turned upside down because of coronavirus.
As cute as kids are (or were, maybe eight weeks ago), we know their being at home is affecting parents, women most especially. Virus or no virus, women do the majority of the unpaid labor at home, and according to Washington University at St. Louis professor of sociology Caitlyn Collins, they’re also often expected to pretend like their home lives don’t exist. “Women tend to be penalized for any signal that they are caregivers in the workplace, whereas men tend to receive benefits,” she says. So, now, not only has caring for kids while working from home presented difficulties in terms of having to multitask and manage time like never before, but it’s also spurred fear in career moms who feel pressured to keep their family life and work lives separate.
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All that to say, women are now doing a lot more work and feel more overwhelmed than they did before quarantine started. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to credit yourself if you’re a career mom juggling kids and work! These funny, super relatable tweets will hopefully make you feel less alone.
#ParentingInLockdown and #workingfromhome during global #pandemic: during a Skype meeting inclusive of people I've never met, my 18 month old climbs on the laptop and sloppy kisses all over the camera. This is on a GOOD day...— Dr Sara Jayne Long (@DrSaraLong) April 8, 2020
Homeschooling day 1: trying to get this kid transferred out of my class.
— OutnumberedMother (@OutNumbMother) March 17, 2020
Homeschooling update day 9:— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) April 2, 2020
Today we did maths
If you have 3 kids, and they are awake roughly 13 hours in the day, and you’re trying to work from home, how many times will you hear the word ‘snack’?
Emailing myself about my child’s behavior during school for a sense of normalcy.— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 27, 2020
First week of homeschooling I felt like Ms. Frizzle. I was so excited to teach my children in fun creative ways, but now after 2 weeks of this "homeschooling" I'm just walking around with a bottle of wine yelling at things.— Marcy G 🍕 (@BunAndLeggings) March 31, 2020
Managing digital schooling for two kids under 8 is like being an IT professional, except your co-workers follow you into the bathroom to ask why Zoom won't make any sound.— Laura Marie (@lmegordon) March 28, 2020
Some days I’m killing it balancing homeschooling kids, working, cooking, cleaning, etc. and then some days I’m over it like we not doing shit today 😩 and you know what thats ok lol— Kyla Pratt (@KylaPratt) April 15, 2020
Think we’ve all had our fair share of #WorkingFromHome frustrations. I have decided to turn mine into a positive. Every now & then I turn a page in my work notebook & discover a new masterpiece drawn by 2 yr old. Instead of getting annoyed I have decided to 😊! pic.twitter.com/eLabe4Ch2m— Sarah R G (@SarahRG87) April 16, 2020
Me, up at 2am, looking up all the answers to my kids homeschool assignment for tomorrow so they don’t think I’m stupid... https://t.co/U3b79fzwSK— Chicano Marine 🇲🇽🇺🇸🧩 (@kingsrush) April 22, 2020
Scene: Kindergarten Zoom Class— Dr S. Wilson (@milmom79) April 20, 2020
Kid: My mom taught me about Earth Week
Two min later
Kid: I also learned a song: “yeah baby I’m worth it...baby I’m worth it!”
Me: 🤦🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️😬#momlife #quarantineparenting #thanksKid 😜