The food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has revealed how she had a breakdown because of the stress of juggling childcare with being a working parent.
Ms Monroe, who was instrumental in piling pressure on the Government to take action over extending free school meals during the pandemic, said that after she returned to her job from maternity leave it was “extraordinarily stressful” to organise childcare arrangements and the situation became “unsustainable”.
This is a retelling of the story we’ve already head and none the worse for that.
However, pressure began to build because of the varying shifts she was required to work and her home being 30 miles away from the job – especially if her son became unwell.
“I had to be completely 110 per cent focused on my job, and instead I was sitting there with my phone tucked under my thigh feeling like I had to check all the time that the childcare arrangements had worked and that my son was safe and sound,” she said.
“This inherent feeling of guilt started to gnaw away at me that I had this baby, and I was just shipping him around like a parcel.
“All to people who love him and adored him and were meeting all his needs. At six months old he wasn’t really very aware of it. But I started to feel like I was failing”.
As she tells it the arrangements were fine. It was being both a mother and working that was the problem. Given that, this isn’t something that will be solved by different childcare arrangements, is it?