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Is anyone listening to burned-out parents?

August 26, 2021, 1:02 PM UTC
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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Sally Buzbee is taking the Washington Post into its next era, jury selection is underway for the Theranos trial, and burned-out parents feel like they’re yelling into the void. Have a great Thursday.

– Is anyone listening? Does anyone want to hear about burned-out moms anymore?

That’s the headline of a new piece in The Cut this week by writer Amil Niazi. And it’s an important question. As the pandemic heads into a third school year, are people who aren’t parents of young kids paying attention?

Niazi identifies a few culprits and problems: companies and bosses that have stopped offering extra support for pandemic parenting. The Delta variant and lack of vaccines for young children. Journalists whose attention has wandered from the once headline-making pressures of parenting during COVID. And the reality of how endless this all feels settling in.

Of her own parenting experience, Niazi writes: “The only real difference between last summer and now is that at least back then people were still asking how I was.”

Whew. So, what can we do? Whether you’re a manager, a parent, a journalist, or all of the above, the answer seems to be: remember that parents are still facing a crisis—and one that’s in many ways getting harder with time, not easier. And, of course, listen. As Niazi ends her piece, “We’re still here, we’re still screaming, but is anyone listening?”

Read her full story here.

Emma Hinchliffe
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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- Vaccination city. Chicago became the second-largest U.S. city to institute a vaccine mandate after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said city workers will be required to receive a COVID shot by mid-October. "We must take every step necessary and at our disposal to keep everyone in our city safe and healthy," Lightfoot said. New York Times

ON MY RADAR

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PARTING WORDS

"I could have shortened it, but I feel like that would have been quite boring."

-19-year-old aviator Zara Rutherford on her travel route. She's aiming to become the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe by herself in a single-engine aircraft. 

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