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The 2021 Modern Family Index: What Working Parents are Saying

Jobs, raising kids, virtual teaching -- it’s been a tough year for working parents. How tough? Conflicts are so frequent, millions are considering leaving work -- many working mothers already have. It makes parents’ challenges employers’ challenges too. The new Bright Horizons Modern Family Index highlights the trouble spots. What do employers need to know?

Drowning in responsibilities

Work, child care, and personal responsibilities are especially weighty right now, with 91% of parents saying they’re worried about their family’s mental loads. 1 in 5 struggle to be present – a red flag for sustained productivity.


Going it alone…

School isn’t just for kids. More than a third without it --35% -- miss the community provided by their children’s school, too. And nearly 1 in 5 feel disconnected from their work community, as well.

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Seeing a different future…

Working from home has its upsides. So much that parents want to keep it, with 58% longing to continue working remotely as a long-term plan.


Asking for more support…

Children’s frequent ‘cameos’ on Zoom meetings proved one thing: working from home doesn’t reduce the need for child care. In fact, nearly half of working parents want some form of child care support (46%) from their employers.


Family care benefits have never been more important. See how Bright Horizons can support your team.