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Parenting through a Pandemic: Guilt and Glitches

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

By Victoria Freile March 19th 2020

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Martina Anto-Ocrah of Henrietta has been homebound with her four children, including 7-year-old triplets, for several days. An assistant professor at a local university, she has been working from home since last week, after a nasty bout of the flu.

"It's really, really tough," she said. "I set ground rules and time limits...(such as)

"I'm going to be in the office for an hour. I promise when the hour ends, we’ll play together."

Anto-Ocrah said she's also sharing parenting duties with her husband, who is also working from home.

"I usually don’t feel guilty, but I gotta say the guilt of feeling like I’m not doing enough for them is the toughest part," she said. "I do so much with them, and yet when my daughter said, 'Can we read after we play hide and seek?' Ugh."

She laughed about the learning curve of remote conferencing, noting that she hid in the basement for a Tuesday conference call and "forgot to mute my phone and video...and I was in my bathrobe. Yikes!"

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