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Parents: Hats Off to You on National Working Parents Day

Posted On09/16/2020

ContributorSheri Pepper

September 16 is National Working Parents Day. When we learned about this annual day, our first thought was: Isn’t every day Working Parents Day? As in: Do you know even one parent who doesn’t work, whether for pay or not?

Regardless, we thought we’d look a little deeper into this day of parental recognition, and we’ve gathered some fun facts about parenting and working, including a few about doing both during a pandemic. Here’s what we found:

From daysoftheyear.com

“Although the origins of Working Parents Day are unknown, it seems logical to suggest it was created by an overworked, under-appreciated mother or father, seeking some basic recognition for their efforts.”

Amen to that.

From nationaldaycalendar.com

“A parent’s work is never done. Working parents, pat yourself on the back. Spend some time with your children. Before long, they’ll be grown. Your hard work will be done. For now, celebrate your tenacity and perseverance. While you’re celebrating, share your best tips and tricks for organizing your busy life.

Be sure to remember all the work parents do and use #WorkingParentsDay to share on social media.”

From the U.S. Census Bureau

A few key notes from the Census Bureau article Working Moms Bear Brunt of Home Schooling While Working During COVID-19:

“Parents who kept their jobs during the stay-at-home orders had limited options: to take paid or unpaid time off, quit or adjust work hours to nonbusiness hours such as evenings or weekends to care for children.

Around one in five (18.2%) of working-age adults said the reason they were not working was because COVID-19 disrupted their childcare arrangements.

Of those not working, women ages 25-44 are almost three times as likely as men to not be working due to childcare demands. About one in three (30.9%) of these women are not working because of childcare, compared to 11.6% of men in the same age group.”

And one interesting chart from the article as well:

Chart on percent of adults (25-44) with children by sex not working due to COVID-19 Child Care Issues

From Harvard Business Review

In the article HBR Readers on Juggling Work and Kids … in a Pandemic, HBR readers shared ideas for doing work and parenting at home, at the same time, day after day. Three headline ideas that caught our eye:

  1. Outsource, be honest, and let go of perfection
  2. Start your day with a D3 review
  3. Chores for all, respect space, practice gratitude

At Nelson, we acknowledge, respect, and take our hats off to the thousands of working parents who show up every day for both their families and their jobs at our business partners’ companies. We thank you.

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