When every day is Take Your Kid to Work Day

Watching their parents work from home has helped kids develop emotional skills—and maybe see Mom and Dad in new ways.

Natalie Serianni was in a Zoom meeting when one of her colleagues alerted her to a child behind her. With her headphones and tall desk chair, the Seattle, Washington, English professor hadn’t noticed her second grader—who’s remote learning this year—sneaking into the home office.

For many parents, every day has turned into Take Your Child to Work Day. An October 2020 Pew Research Center survey found that 43 percent of employed parents had the option to work from home; of that group, about seven in 10 parents did so most or all of the time.

Although Serianni’s colleagues were amused by her child’s surprise cameo, telecommuting parents are often under serious strain as they juggle jobs and child care. In

Create a free account to continue and get unlimited access to hundreds of Nat Geo articles, plus newsletters.

Create your free account to continue reading

No credit card required. Unlimited access to free content.
Or get a Premium Subscription to access the best of Nat Geo - just $19

Read This Next

Why your kid’s dark pandemic play is normal—and healthy
Why too much family togetherness might be stressing out kids
A ‘fake commute’ to school might be just what kids need