The conversation surrounding the child care crisis has been sparked once again after a photo of a mom working from her bathtub with daughter playing nearby was posted online...
Now, becoming a parent is full of joy.There's a reason the "baby bug" bites many of us — and that's because children are truly a gift.
But that doesn't mean having kids isn't hard.Being a parent comes with many challenges.
General household tasks are a formidable rival.Anyone who has kids knows that some of the greatest hurdles parents face are mundane tasks like dishes, laundry, and toilet-scrubbing. With little people running around the house, chores get even more time-consuming.
And if it's not a mess that needs to be cleaned up, it's homework that demands attention.Sure, keeping everything tidy with kids around is one thing, but once they start school, there's even more to do.
One of parenting's greatest obstacles, however, is finding some sort of balance.
Dishes and packing lunches aside, nothing quite compares with a parent's constant struggle to find a happy medium between work and childcare.
Providing food for our little ones comes at the expense of our time and attention...
The balance is hard.
And since the current pandemic began, it's become a lot harder...
Many parents, now more than ever, struggle to balance their responsibilities for childcare and employment...
So much so, that it's been labelled by many as a global child care crisis.
And this week, the conversation surrounding the child care crisis has been sparked once again after a photo of a mom working from her bathtub with daughter playing nearby was posted online.
With many mom's sharing their own experiences...
At the height of the pandemic, Heidi Metcalf Lewis, a mom of two, was pictured by her husband, sat in the bathtub where she had set up a work space, Good Morning America reports.
Also in the picture, was her young daughter playing nearby with a water table toy.
Alongside the picture, Lewis tweeted:
@wcp Pictured, me. Not pictured, the almost one mill mothers who have been forced out of the workforce during the p… https://t.co/poJ0zN1RPU— Heidi Metcalfe Lewis (@Heidi Metcalfe Lewis)1616268884.0
"Pictured, me. Not pictured, the almost one mill mothers who have been forced out of the workforce during the pandemic, with Black and Brown mothers among the hardest hit."
Although first posted online back in March, the picture sparked conversation after it was reshared by Reshma Saujani.
Reshma Saujani is a mom of 2, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the person leading the "Marshall Plan for Moms" - an initiative to return mothers to the workplace and pay them for the work they do at home.
Earlier this year, President Biden laid the $1.8 trillion, American Families Plan.
A plan that should see investments in child care, education and the country's overall economic future.
The plan aims to create free, universal pre-K for 3 and 4-year-olds and fund 2 years of free universal community college.
As well as, capping how much low and middle-income Americans must spend on child care, extending Affordable Care Act tax credits and expanding paid leave.
Prior to the pandemic, Lewis was spending 40% of the family's monthly income on child care, she told GMA.
And then during the pandemic, Lewis had to take on many of those care taking duties, alongside her work.
Lewis told GMA that her employer, a bookstore, fortunately didn't lay off any employees during the pandemic, instead they allowed them to work from home...
Which although the flexibility was a great help, Lewis was still faced with the task of balancing her work with her child care duties.
Speaking about her children during that time, she said: "I think a typical day was chaos, crying and tons of snacks."
"The hardest part about having both of them home was they both had wildly different needs."
Lewis took on the extra caretaking duties, apposed to her husband, as during that time he had just started a new job.
"I wanted to give him the space to prove himself. Did I willingly take on this unpaid labor? Yes. But we were in a crisis, and needed his income. We have a pretty good balance of labor but [as for] the emotional labor, I carry it," Lewis explained.
She also added:
"It's the way the system is. We're have to prioritize his work ... and men make more than women. We all know that, and here we are living in the imbalance and it feels more urgent and broken."
You can see the picture that sparked the conversation below.
Readers share images that sum up a year in pandemic. https://t.co/6jV4IjPJEX— Washington City Paper (@Washington City Paper)1616172369.0
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