It’s an understatement to say that many parents are extremely stressed-out right now. The pandemic has forced those who have school-aged kids to become teachers, even as some still work full-time. Suzannah Zachos, my cousin, has three children all under the age of 14. She says Sunday nights have taken on a new meaning.
“The Sunday night beast creeps up somewhere around 5 p.m. and begins to grow through bedtime,” she wrote in a text message. “It is the fear of the unknown week ahead, the concern that I cannot balance my own (pandemic-dictated) WFH job alongside three students’ full course load, multiple Zoom calls a day per kid (where we have to tiptoe around so we don’t disrupt), three full meals for five people… on top of being terrified of getting sick.”
Zachos is one more example of the many frustrated parents who have to juggle their own lives