Celebrating Dad

Dad studying and daughter drawing together at home

Last year, during the worst of the pandemic, we asked families – medical providers caring for patients during COVID-19 – to tell us what life was like on the frontlines of a pandemic.

And they answered:

Pharmacists and surgeons; 

Orthopedists and general practitioners; 

ER doctors and psychiatrists. 

Many who wrote to us were also working dads – parents in our centers, often talking about their wives on the frontlines; about their kids and what they needed; about figuring out with partners (many who were also caring for patients) how to balance child care with careers.

What came through were dads at the forefront of more than a health crisis, but a bringing-up-children crisis. At a time when “home” suddenly meant everything (work, life, school) at the same time, they were full partners in all of it; leaning into the moment when parenting and pandemic collided. 

And it wasn’t just dads in hospital rooms stepping up, but also men in home offices and online meeting rooms, where during the last year, fussing babies and bored toddlers were just as likely to make unscheduled appearances in dads’ laps as moms’; where, with schools shut down, it took all hands to work and parent at the same time.

“Fatherhood,” wrote the Washington Post, “is more visible than ever before.” And dads were showing the ethos of the truly modern dad. 

“It is hard to express the absolute joy I get from those dings on my phone throughout the day,” one working dad, ER doctor Akshay, told us about the best part of his day, “from adorable videos of my 14-month-old doing science projects…to cute pictures of her playing with her best friends.

“I feel truly connected to her and her experience.”

To Akshay and all the other dads who have experienced this moment, we say…

Happy Father’s Day

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In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
Dad studying and daughter drawing together at home

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