Parents struggle with work and home schooling

December 6, 2020

As the new year began, schools, as well as a variety of other helpful programs, have been shut down as a result of COVID-19. It has been difficult with schools closing and kids being at home, but what is proving to be a challenge is that single parents are having trouble finding the time to spend with their children. Many parents have to help their kids, especially younger children, with their school work because there aren’t anymore after-school programs to aid in tutoring. This year has also been much harder for everyone, especially for those who are losing their jobs. Angelica Olivares from Foster Farms states, “My job is hard, I go in at 4 am and don’t get home until 6 pm and my kids are at home with my niece during that time because the school has shut down. When I get home I still have to make dinner and clean around the house because they have been home all day. Sometimes I have to stay at work longer because some people called in or just didn’t show up. On other days they tell me not to go to work because of COVID. One time I didn’t work for 3 Fridays because they didn’t have work for me and in Livingston, they shut down.” A variety of working parents were once able to pick up their kids at the time that they got out of work because of after school programs, but now there are barely any that can keep the kids all day until the parents get off of work.

As schools, programs, extracurricular activities, and jobs have been shutting down, parents have been keeping their kids at home. It has been a struggle especially for single parents who have to take care of their kids and find time to help them with their school work. The struggle among parents and family members continues to grow significantly as our community and our country struggle through this pandemic. The effect this will have on children in the future is yet to be determined, however, as a community we must work together to fight through our current struggles.

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