I don’t know about you folks, but I have been exhausted lately. Getting ready to go back to school, navigating new expectations and norms, and living in a pandemic all adds up. On top of all of that, as parents, we are constantly making decisions for our families.
- “What should we eat this week?”
- “When is the last time my kid has a bath/shower? Do they need one today?”
- “What is our family expectations around living in a pandemic?”
- “What are we going to change in our school routine this year?”
- “Am I going to pick kids up first or try to run this quick errand?”
My brain feels like it is continuously ON, trying to make these decisions that range from tiny to enormous. The Science of Parenting team is guessing that you’ve maybe been feeling this way too. The back-to-school transition is already kind of hectic, but adding the layer of a pandemic has made it a whole new ballgame. So we’ve put together a bonus episode on Decision Making and the Back-to-School transition. We talk with Dr. David Brown about the continuum of stress for families in this pandemic, we explore parenting decision-fatigue, and we talk about specific strategies for reducing that exhausting feeling of stress and decision-fatigue.
We also share some important resources for parents like you. Check out the bonus episode as well as the links below.
- Iowa Concern Hotline – (800) 447-1985
- From The Science of Parenting
- COVID-19 Childcare Considerations
- Decision Worksheet for Moving Forward During COVID-19 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension
- COVID Recovery Iowa