A mom from St. Louis made national news because she brought her smartly dressed toddler for a job interview since she had no options for childcare, bringing the dire obstacles that moms are facing when it comes to finding places that can watch their kids.
We’ve covered this topic before because well, childcare costs are through the roof and due to COVID, mothers have been forced to drop out of the workforce in huge numbers. Now many are trying to go back to work and like this particular mother in St. Louis, they are faced with extraordinary hurdles when it comes to working and paying for childcare.
Maggie Mundwiller is 38 years old and was laid off last year because of COVID. She had a second interview for a position and was strapped for childcare for her one-year-old son, Mylo. The company invited her to bring him and said they were child-friendly. Win!
Maggie’s TikTok video explained the situation and then showed Mylo getting ready for the interview by brushing his hair and putting on a dapper suit. He even had a little resume. So darn cute.
“How cool is that — that a company would be so welcoming? It’s awesome to know that there are companies out there that are willing to work with parents and understand the struggles that parents are going through and just accommodate,” said Maggie to ‘Good Morning America.’
Mylo is a COVID baby and it was after his mom’s maternity leave that she was laid off. She’s been trying to find a job ever since and has faced multiple setbacks due to the challenges of finding childcare. The US Census Bureau estimated that more than 1.5 million mothers had left the workforce by April of 2021, most of them with kids under five years old.
Congrats are in order for Maggie, who ended up getting the job! Now she has to find childcare for her sweet baby.