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Child Care Duties Weighing On Working Parents, Employers

About 75% of parents are taking a few hours out of their work day during the school year to attend to their children’s mental and educational needs. So reports Employee Benefit News.

child 1073638 640A recent survey of 2,000 working parents by RethinkFirst also found that 60% of these parents took off at least one work day and 32% did not go to work for four days or more so that they could care for their children. RethinkFirst is a training platform for employers, educators and behavioral health professionals.

“I often hear parents say they don't feel they can be both a good parent and a good employee at the same time,” says Angela Nelson, vice president and executive director of clinical services for RethinkCare, a division of RethinkFirst. “When you want to do your best, it's a terrible feeling to think you're always dropping the ball in one place or another. If you go to work but your child needs you, you feel guilty. If you take time off work for your child and miss an important meeting, you feel unreliable.”

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