How are parents coping with the financial and emotional strain on their family?

44%

of parents said that their family was fighting more than usual.

48%

of parents feel that having their kids at home is taking a toll on their mental health.

4%

of parents have lost their job.

56%

of parents said their children are more anxious than usual.

67%

of parents believe that talking to their kids about COVID-19 is good for their well-being.

77%

of parents wish they had more time alone.

The larger a word appears, the more frequently parents mentioned it.

I have worked really hard to separate my work life from home life.

I have worked really hard to separate my work life from home life. Suddenly I do not have that option.

This experience has been challenging to the core.

This experience has been challenging to the core,  but also bonding for our immediate family and kids. The uncertainty can feel suffocating and cause anxiety, but through the process I've come to accept the situation and just take it day to day. It does feel harder to find ways of self-care as a parent, and isolating in the sense that we can't connect in person with our supportive friends and family.

The slower pace is actually good for children

While challenging at times (I have 2 children, am pregnant and both my husband and I are working from home), there are also benefits in that the slower pace is actually good for the children.

I wish the schools had clear procedures in place because the standards are unclear. Teachers seem irritated when you ask for clarification. Principals are vague. The school system is blaming the state.

 I feel like I do not have enough time in the day to both be a good employee and a good parent.

 I feel like I do not have enough time in the day to both be a good employee / leader for my team and a good parent... my husband and I take turns with the kids during the day but it all feels hard. I love that we have more relaxed family time vs rushed mornings and evenings but the daily juggle is hard - especially when it is so up in the air how long this will last.

I have been able to put my kids to bed which I usually can't do because I work nights.

I have actually enjoyed the time with my kids. They are 4 so this is the last year they wont be in school full time. Plus I have been able to put them to bed which I usually can't do because I work nights.

Support Networks... 

The results indicate that parents are more likely to feel overwhelmed by the resources being shared if they also feel like they do not have an adequate support network. Through a parent’s network, they’re more likely to find credible content that is relevant to their own needs. Then by talking with their friends, it makes it easier to process the content and apply it to their everyday lives.

...provide essential guidance for parents as they wade through seemingly endless amounts of advice and at-home learning resources online.

The strongest protective factor across nearly all measures of parents’ well-being was whether parents felt like they had a support network. Parents who feel like they have a support network are less likely to feel like homeschooling is a burden and like having their children at home is negatively impacting their career and mental health.

...enable parents to manage their mental health, the adjustment to at-home learning, and mitigate the risk of quarantine negatively affecting their careers. 

How can schools help parents feel supported and less overwhelmed?
How are families adjusting to at-home learning?
Over the course of the pandemic, fewer parents feel like they have a support network.
Those who feel having their kids at home is taking a toll on their mental health are even less likely to feel they have a support network.

Percentage of parents who feel they have a support network

Week

Do parents feel that having their kids at home is negatively impacting their own mental health?

No

Yes