Families are spending more time eating, reading, playing, and doing other stuff with each other according to the U.S. Census Bureau report when coronavirus lockdown was most intense. That is between the months of March 2020 to June 2020.
As one mother an attorney testified, “With school and work, you split up and go your own way for the day, but during coronavirus, we were a unit. It really was, I don’t want to say worthwhile since this pandemic has been so awful for so many people, but there was a lot of value to us as a family.”
“Families knew before the pandemic that they were over-stressed. Kids had so many places to be. Parents were juggling an awful lot,” Froma Walsh, co-director of the Chicago Center for Family Health at the University of Chicago, said in a phone interview. “The pandemic made people not go to work, and our kids were home. It really helped parents to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We are able to have real family time together that we weren’t before.’”
“Those families that can pull together and practice resilience are doing well, and it actually strengthens their bonds,” she said.
So the pandemic may have been a good thing after all.