5 Great Articles about Parenting in the Age of Coronavirus

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U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Cody Camp, left, U.S. Army Recruiting Command senior guidance counselor and his wife, Beth, center, assist their daughter with her classwork and as their other children play at their home in Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 14, 2020. Comparable to thousands of families worldwide during coronavirus disease 2019, Camp and his wife, Beth, learn to balance classwork as three of their four children commence elementary, middle and high school online. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton)

It’s been more than half a year since a certain pandemic has upended life as we know it, throwing parents into a seemingly endless cycle of balancing childcare with trying to keep our jobs (or for 36 million Americans, trying to find a job). In case you’ve been too busy and tired to keep up, here’s a compilation of some really great articles about parenting during COVID:

In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both

This is an important opinion piece. It talks about the failure of our institutions and policies to acknowledge working parents, even as plans for schools move ahead. And working parents are too tired to fight back. Here is the poignant sub-title: “Our struggle is not an emotional concern. We are not burned out. We are being crushed by an economy that has bafflingly declared working parents inessential.”


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It’s Okay to Be a Different Kind of Parent During the Pandemic

Mary Katharine Ham applies the lessons she learned after her husband’s death to coping with things that are out of our control. Here’s a quote: “What we’re all being called to do now is learn how to parent in a crisis. This is familiar territory for me, and the good news is that the parent you are today is not the parent you have to be tomorrow. Your parenting identity is not nearly as intransigent as your pantsless, potty-training toddler.”


Black Families Were Hit Hard by the Pandemic. The Effects on Children May Be Lasting

Black children make up a disproportionate part of the poor in the US, and face racism and high levels of food and housing insecurity. Add to that the effects of COVID and COVID-related shutdowns on black communities and families, and we have a lot work ahead of us.


What It’s Like to be a Single Parent in a Pandemic

Many COVID action plans assume that there are two parents at home. Alison Stine reflects on what single parenthood looks like these days. One thing that sticks out is that single parents are up against company policies that do not allow them to get sick–at all. Some standout statistics from the article: “According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 in 10 parents had no sick leave at all in 2011. No federal law has been passed for paid sick leave, and according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only 12 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for workers.”


In April, 6% of parents expected to quit their jobs because of COVID-19. Now that’s up to 27%

This article shows how things have gotten much worse for parents since April 2020. Childcare is now even harder to find, and the burden is falling disproportionally on women. Mothers are 2.5 times more likely than fathers to report facing mental health challenges.

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