I think we can all agree that 2020 has turned out a lot differently than any of us could have imagined. It has been almost three months since COVID-19 entered our lives and while we may have settled into a “new normal,” the vast majority of us are still in mourning. We are not only mourning the lives lost to this illness, but also the lives that we lived before the days of masks, isolation and chronic unknowing.
Those of us with children have the challenge of navigating these changes not only for ourselves, but also for our kids. We’ve quickly added the role of full-time parent, housekeeper and teacher, to our various other responsibilities – which for many includes full time remote worker, and for some means no work at all.
While balancing all these responsibilities, parents are most consistently concerned primarily with their children: Are they getting enough of my attention? Are their educational needs being met? Am I being a “good enough” parent even though my rope is thin? How will this impact my kids?