I want to go to story time, too

Story time is scheduled at 10am on Wednesdays. Indoor playground is at noon on weekdays. The children’s museum closes at 5pm. Tumbling classes are at 10:30am on Thursdays. Swim lessons are at 11am on Tuesdays.

I’m a mom. I’m also a professional. I typically work from 7:30am – 3:30pm on Monday through Friday. If you’re like me, a parent that works outside of the home and has a mostly traditional schedule, none of these options work for you.

It’s a frustration that I continually run into. Schedules are set without taking parents that work outside of the home into consideration.

I would love to sit in a circle, sing songs and listen to a story at the library. But that’s not a possibility with how toddler activities are scheduled. If you’re not available on a weekday morning, you’re out of luck.

And, I’m not the outlier here. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 61.1 percent of families have both parents employed.

That’s the majority of families.

So, what’s a parent to do? Well, I’m still not sure. I’ve started providing feedback to the places that organize events for kids and have asked them to consider scheduling additional options for families that work during the day.

Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful.

All I can do now is wait, create our own activities and thank god for Pinterest (where we get the majority of our activity ideas).  

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