“When COVID-19 came into our lives, we were hopeful that the impact of the pandemic might only span weeks or a few months at most,” wrote Kate Gawlik, a doctor of nursing practice and associate professor of clinical nursing at Ohio State. “Of course, it didn’t. The pandemic lasted for two years, stretching the limits of parents’ physical, mental, emotional, fnancial and professional well-being. Many parents, especially working parents whose children were sheltered at home with them for more than a year, feel the experience has taxed or broken them in some way.”
Gawlik and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer, and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College of Medicine at Ohio State, were feeling the pressure, too.