Parenting: A Better Normal
Nothing about the past year has been easy for parents. They’ve lost loved ones, lost jobs. They’ve been cut off from their children’s grandparents, cut off from child care, cut off from friends and support systems. They’ve missed out on graduations and bar mitzvahs, proms and vacations. They’ve juggled remote school and remote jobs, or been forced to put themselves and their families at risk by continuing to leave the house for jobs that must be done in person.
The Washington Post’s On Parenting section started to hear a common theme amid all the despair and fear and utter exhaustion. Even in the worst circumstances, parents were finding something worth celebrating, something worth holding onto. A slower pace of life. Neighborhood walks. Jigsaw puzzles at the dining table. New hobbies, new skills, new appreciation for their children and one another.
They asked parents, as we start to see light at the end of this pandemic tunnel: What is one change you’d like to carry with you into post-pandemic life?
Read their answers in a collection of stories about new traditions, strengthened family bonds, finding grace and understanding, and more.
Source: The Washington Post | A Better Normal, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/interactive/2021/pandemic-parenting-life-changes-return | © 2021 The Washington Post
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