The past 11 months have been relentless for Mariclaire, a 38-year-old mom of two who works as a private school teacher. Early in the pandemic, when her children’s day care and school suddenly closed, she and her husband struggled to find any kind of manageable routine. There was, as she put it, “a lot of drowning.”
Since then, things have eased up slightly. Mariclaire’s older child goes to school in person part-time and her younger child is in day care. Mariclaire is back to teaching full-time in the classroom. But any time she once had for herself has evaporated. And any time she had for relationships outside of her children and husband dried up, too.
“It’s not that I don’t have friends, but my friendships are so different now,” said Mariclaire, who asked to only use her first name so she could discuss pressures she felt related to work. “We’re