This Could Be the End of the Optimized Mom

Juggling work and childcare in quarantine is helping parents redefine their idea of ‘enough’

Sarah Treleaven
Forge

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Exhausted parents covering their faces with pillows as baby cries between them.
Photo: Stephanie Rausser/Getty Images

The first stage of quarantine parenting was denial. Back in mid-March, just days into lockdown, I was Zooming with my good friend in Toronto, a lawyer who had been juggling full-time work with full-time care for her two young kids, when…

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Sarah Treleaven
Forge

Writer and podcast host/producer in Nova Scotia