Transcript for Parents juggle going back to work and camps closed for the summer
Parents nationwide are facing a huge challenge, how to juggle working and parenting as workplaces re-open but camps and schools don't. Let's go to ABC's Stephanie Ramos with more on that and, Stephanie, you know I know that struggle is real. The struggle is real. We have been through it. We are still in it. During covid, whit, it was challenging for many families who were trying to manage work and the kids while they were out of school for months. For my family we still don't know what school in the fall will look like. This mom, Debra Perelman, she writes about these uncertainties and she says at first she was hesitant to write about their struggle since her family didn't have it particularly hard, but she knew other families had to be going through the same challenges. She's the food blogger and cookbook author behind the delicious dishes on "Smitten kitchen" but beyond crafting recipes, deb Perelman and her recently laid off husband Alex have also been dealing with the challenge so many parents are facing right now, how to be a good parent and homeschool teacher for their kids, 10-year-old Jacob and almost 5-year-old Anna, while meeting expectations at work. We have it good in many ways, however, it's still been a real challenge. Reporter: In a "New York Times" article titled "In the covid-19 economy you can have a kid or a job, you can't have both," Perelman writes, it should be obvious but a nonnegotiable precondition of getting back to normal is that families need a normal to return to as well. We're not burnt out. There's policies that are crushing us and the wheels of the economy are crushing us as schools are closed, camps are closed. There is nothing safe to do with children, and yet we're supposed to be re-opening the economy and going back to work. Reporter: And with no clear path to re-opening schools at full capacity this fall, she says the long-term effects for working parents will be immense. Last year 72% of all mothers with children under the age of 18 were working or looking for work, and Perelman says there's no telling how many women will have no choice but to give up their careers to take care of their children full time. Child care has always been a struggle. It's never been easy for working parents to figure out what to do with their kids all day. Reporter: For now families have found unique ways to adapt to the covid economy like inviting relatives to move in to help take care of the kids, nanny sharing or creating family bubbles where groups of parents trade off taking care of multiple kids together while the others work. Everyone has to be on the same page, like how often will they go out? How much interaction will they have with the outside world? Where has the sitter been hanging out when she's not at your house, or where has the other family been when you guys are not together? Reporter: Perelman says teachers have an impossible task too and that there need to be better policies in place to make schooling tenable for everyone. Whit. I like those ideas, especially the concept of a family bubble. Feel free to take my kids whenever. Done. We'll swap out. All right. Absolutely, sounds good, Stephanie, thanks so much.
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