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Working Moms, Tell Us What It's Like To Parent And Work During The Pandemic

It's a lot for anybody.

Back in September, the Labor Department revealed that women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate of men.

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Thanks to the pandemic, many working moms are being forced to choose between childcare and their jobs.

But those working moms who have not and cannot leave their jobs are drowning between having to help their children with online schooling, cooking for their family, doing the laundry, parenting, and, of course, performing at their actual jobs.

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While every household dynamic is different, a 2017 study by the Labor Department shows that women (in hetero couples) spend more time than men caring for household children as a primary activity.

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Thanks, gender roles.

So we want to hear from you, working moms. How are you managing between working and parenting during the pandemic? And how are you doing emotionally?

Maybe you're trying to connect to your Zoom meeting — while simultaneously (trying to) make lunch for your family.

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Or you're trying to do your own work — and answer your boss' questions — while helping your child with their online learning class — on (un)mute duty when they're called on to answer their teacher's questions.

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And even when you're not working your day job, you're stressing out over whether you should let your child go to the park or come with you to the supermarket.

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At the end of the day, maybe you let yourself cry or maybe you're too exhausted and just pass out — only to wake up and do it all again the next day. And worse, you might still feel like a failure.

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So tell us about your typical day, how you get through it, what's going through your head, and how you're coping in the comments below. You could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post and help validate many other women who are struggling with the same things.

If you choose to share, hopefully it's a bit cathartic to share your story — and we genuinely thank you for the time you spend doing so. 🙏

If you prefer to submit your response anonymously, please do so through this Google Form.