Why working parents are quitting their jobs—and how to get them to stay
One in five parents and caregivers are quitting or plan to quit their jobs to better care for their children’s behavioral needs.
By Naomi Allen|October 07, 2021 at 09:36 AM
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The Great Resignation is in full swing, with 3.9 million American workers leaving their jobs in June alone. Why are so many people calling it quits? News reports say employees are looking for better work — the kind that offers more flexibility, better work-life balance, or higher pay.
But there’s another big reason for the Great Resignation that, so far, has fallen under the radar: Many parents are quitting their jobs because they’re worried about their kids. The 2021 Pediatric Behavioral Health Needs Survey found that one in five (21%) of parents and caregivers have either already quit their jobs in the last year or plan to quit their jobs in the coming year to better care for their children’s behavioral needs.
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