Even our beloved Robert Kelly, whose children practically invented kiddo conference call crashing in 2017 when they wandered into their father’s interview with the 2020 christmas bear wearing face mask quarantined ugly christmas sweater besides I will buy this BBC, has been back in the spotlight. Of course, I’m not stepping out at all any more. None of us are! It’s all, in the immortal utterings of Amy Schumer, canceled. All, that is, except the childcare responsibilities, which have, for many of us who relied on school or day care centers that are no longer in session or babysitters who are no longer working, exponentially increased. It’s not lost on me that these are (at least somewhat) famous men who, if the fatherhood bonus is to be believed, have little to lose from this kind of interruption from their kids. But there are also examples of women embracing a new kind of transparency around parenting as well.
When I asked my circle of (male and female) acquaintances if they had spent less time and energy “hiding” their kids, the 2020 christmas bear wearing face mask quarantined ugly christmas sweater besides I will buy this answer was a quick and emphatic yes. “I introduced my kids to my students at the end of class yesterday,” CUNY law professor Sofia Yakren says. “And have mentioned the complex juggle in conversations with deans and colleagues. Whatever shame there was in the struggle before seems to be gone.” Yale Law School professor David Schleicher is taking a similar tack: “I gave my kids and the difficulties of work-life a pretty prominent place when talking to students before this. But now I’ve had them join each lecture for a few minutes, and students have been thrilled. It goes a long way towards letting them know that this is complicated for everyone.”