By Alia E. Dastagir and Alia Wong, USA Today, December 22, 2020
It has been almost a year of pandemic parenting, an all-consuming, ever-changing chaos that has tested American families in unprecedented ways.
Schools closed, then opened, then closed again. Playdates were fewer and fraught with new rules. Working parents often did their jobs without child care, while parents of teens did their best to buffer against a litany of losses – friends, sports, proms, graduations. For many low-income families, COVID-19 exacerbated existing hardships, and toxic stress trickled down from parent to child.
Nine months after COVID-19 changed everything, parents are asking the same question they asked at the start: Will my children be OK?