Parenting During COVID-19
These are challenging times, particularly for parents. COVID-19 has shaken up every aspect of our lives.
Let’s face it: most of us are stressed, trying to work full-time from home, keeping the kids up to date with schoolwork, as well as the regular chores. Our kids? They’re home too, and in many cases, on screens for hours a day. Not exactly what we want, but it’s reality.
The guilt is real for many parents.
But should we be feeling guilty?
Is it realistic to expect parents to do it all – their jobs, their family responsibilities, teaching their kids, cooking, cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping, all while living through a pandemic?
I don’t think so.
We’ll all be alright.
Parents – take a breather. Life is stressful enough as it is.
On this month’s Natasha Hall Show Parenting segment, I discuss the stress that parents are feeling while sheltering-in-place with their kids during COVID-19, and the reality that we don’t have to be perfect in these extraordinary times.
Listen here to the clip below for my thoughts, and check out my article on Huffington Post Canada that is referenced in the segment. You can read it below as well.
The Natasha Hall Show – Parenting in the Pandemic: The Kids Are Alright
While her older children are fairly self-reliant in completing their schoolwork, her nine-year-old son keeps Patterson on her toes. E-learning has proven to be a formidable foe. Patterson, who works full time, also has the main responsibility for her kids’ day-to-day activities within her household.
It sure looks like the novel coronavirus that appeared in 2019 is here to stay. Unfortunately. In this “new normal,” we have had to revisit every aspect of how we live our lives. As parents, there’s a new reality in so many aspects – from school, to playdates, to work and more.