One of the key demographics in particular need of work flexibility is working parents. Parents of infants and toddlers all-too-often struggle to find quality care to cover a fulltime rigid work schedule. Parents of school-aged children need flexibility for pick-ups and drop-offs, schedule changes, parent-teacher meetings, volunteer commitments, and activity attendance. These posts highlight the specific struggles of working parents when it comes to juggling personal and professional needs.
Parents who lack child care support in the workplace have higher rates of employee tardiness and absenteeism, warns Ithaca College student Alexis Barbag.
"To parents, I say, 'be a part of your child’s life.' To parents' employers I say, 'make this possible,'" says Kerline Batista, an Ithaca College student.
Workplace support is pivotal for families raising children with special needs, note Hannah Steinfeld and Yanilsa Frias, students at Ithaca College.
Single parents who financially support their children should be respected more in American society, shares Olivia Abry, a student at Ithaca College.
In a recent webinar, 1MFWF Supporter Rachael Ellison shares how parents can get back into the job market no matter what their work-life fit needs might be.