Kids and Parents Feeling Back to School Stress

Kids and Parents Feeling Back to School Stress Click to Enlarge Photo: Unsplash

(KNSI) - Parents across central Minnesota have been trying to juggle their work lives while also managing their children staying home from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With many schools opting for a hybrid of in-person and distance learning to start the fall semester, and parents working full time, those struggles are likely to continue.

A new online report says Minnesota ranks near the top for households without "stay-at-home" parents during the pandemic. Based on census data, the rankings were compiled for the website Smartest Dollar, which focused on families with kids younger than age 14. It suggests nearly 47-percent of Minnesota households are headed by parents with work commitments.

Janet Herzog of the Midwest Child Care Association says to make matters worse; the crisis is affecting child care centers, leaving these parents in a bind.

"Because there's so many people that are staying at home due to the pandemic, they're keeping their kids home, and the child-care centers are not being - they can't stay open."

She says it's an even bigger problem for parents who count on schools being in session so they can go to work without worrying about care expenses. The authors say while many parents are working from home now, it's no simple task to handle these priorities simultaneously.

"We're going to start seeing the productivity go down here pretty soon in the workplace, too, because it's a hard juggling act for those parents to do all of this at the same time."

Herzog says the situation also creates problems for students needing help with distance learning or getting the developmental care they need.

If you are having trouble with stress management, experts say to speak up and be assertive in explaining your situation to a supervisor, or talk to someone about effective stress management techniques.