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It happened so fast. Schools closing, our lives turned
upside down by social distancing policies. Suddenly, millions of parents find
themselves at home with their children all day. It’s putting a lot of new pressure on parents. How are you
supposed to be your child’s teacher or daycare provider, when you’re also
scrambling to make ends meet?
Parents feel overwhelmed on at least two levels. First, there’s
the purely personal burden. There’s too much going on, too much to do. The kids
— the interruptions — might be driving you crazy. You need some relief, some
time out, but you can’t get it.
Then there’s the added, psychological burden. The worries, the guilt, the expectations. That feeling that your kids are
supposed to getting a better deal. You might feel threatened, inadequate, or defensive. You aren’t meeting the standard, you aren’t
providing your kids with developmental stimulation that experts recommend.Let…
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