More

I thought I wanted a baby someday, but after watching this ... yikes.

I'm not a parent, but I might be kind of glad I'm not. It looks really freaking hard.

Although I'm not a working parent myself, my parents were, and I've always appreciated how much effort that must have taken to raise someone like me while holding down a job.

But now I'm beginning to think it's harder than I've ever imagined. The video below — starring Adrienne C. Moore from "Orange Is the New Black" — was made by Make It Work as a way to illustrate just how difficult it can be. And they're asking working families a question I would love the answer to: Just how do you do it?


Here are some of my favorite answers from around the web. Be sure to share your secrets to making it work here.



Photo by CDC on Unsplash

When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

Keep Reading Show less