Childcare and COVID: Dads, We Can Do This!

  • 25% of working women are “contemplating what many would have considered unthinkable less than a year ago: downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce,”
  • While women are 47% of the U.S. labor force, they accounted for 54% of initial coronavirus-related job losses and still make up 49% of them
  • Among working mothers in dual-career couples, 40% say they spend an additional three or more hours a day on child care and home responsibilities than pre-Covid, while 27% of fathers said the same. “More than half of mothers say they are responsible for either all or most of the work at home,” as The WSJ reported.

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Women’s Work’ — Just Work That Needs to Get Done

I’ve also had to check my ego and rethink my identity, which for too long was very wrapped up my title at work and role as “breadwinner” at home. This can be a big challenge for many men, particularly those raised in “traditional households” and of a certain age. There’s still a certain stigma in some circles and I hope more couples are having frank discussions about what needs to be done, and that more men will discuss their fears (and desires) when it comes to childcare.

  • Our mothers never had the kids home during a pandemic
  • My mother didn’t do it. My mother worked full time starting when I was in third grade and wasn’t much of a homemaker before then. My father certainly helped around the house, especially with cooking/grocery shopping. He taught me that it’s good to be able to do these things for yourself vs. having to be reliant on someone else, as many of my friends discovered when they left home. (True story: In college I had to teach my roommates how to make pasta and scrambled eggs.)

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Aaron Task

Aaron Task

Digital Journalist, Commentator, Family Man