Letter from the Editor: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Parenting

. April 9, 2020.

The world has changed drastically over the last few weeks, and along with it, so has parenting. 

Life is simultaneously busier and slower than ever. We may be limited in what we can do and where we can go, but we are also juggling parenting, teaching, working, cooking and cleaning…all without our normal “me time” outlets. 

Some parents have gone above and beyond, creating detailed daily schedules to keep their kid(s) busy and prevent them from falling behind. Others have refused to take over the role of educator, insisting it isn’t possible and that mental health is more important. Yet other parents are attempting to juggle working from home with teaching their child(ren) and feeling they’re falling short at every turn. 

Whatever path you chose, you’re making the best decision for your family’s sanity, and we’re here to support you along the way and provide resources to make life a tad easier. 

Feeling guilty about plopping the kids in front of the TV? Check out our Top 15 Educational Shows on Netflix for Kids and rest easy knowing the kids are still learning something. 

Unsure of how to talk to your kids about COVID-19? Michigander Heidi Alene Harris, Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, shares her advice

Struggling to feed your kids without school meals? Or do you want to support local restaurants but money is a concern? We list free food resources and local restaurants offering free kids meals and/or free delivery

We offer ideas to beat boredom and how you can use this time of forced rest to tackle fun and practical projects, and that’s just the start. 

For regular updates on COVID-19 and resources to help during this time, follow us on Facebook or Instagram at @toledoareaparent and tag us in your quarantine antics with #toledoparents and #toledokids. Join our Facebook group Toledo Parent Support Group to share your own resources and ideas with other Toledo area parents. 

Our community may be virtual during this time, but that does not diminish its strength. Together we can make it through this unprecedented time. 

Virtual hugs,

Erin Schoen Marsh, Editor