The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically transformed our lifestyles during the first half of the year. Now that things are slowly getting back to normal, families are left wondering if there is a way back to how they used to be. Many have developed new health routines. It’s fair to say that most of us have never washed their hands that often in a day. For a lot of office workers, life took a different turn for a few months. Working from home has been a discovery for many professionals who have developed a taste for remote and flexible working options. It’s fair to say that some professionals will consider asking their manager for the opportunity to keep a day at home in a post-pandemic world. After all, it’s so convenient!
But COVID also has a deeper and lasting impact on families, forever reshaping the American way-of-life.
Some couples discovered sad truths
Spending every day and night together in a confined space has been a revelation for young couples. The newspapers are filled with the stories of young adults who isolated with their new boyfriend or girlfriend at the start of the pandemic and elevated their relationships through the process. But, for some long-established relationships, self-isolation and quarantine have interfered with each partner’s lifestyle. For couples who built a busy life outside of the household with co-workers, friends, and hobby activities, the pandemic meant losing the distractions they created to spend less time with each other. Those couples have likely discovered they don’t enjoy each other’s presence anymore. As sad as it can be, some families will be reaching out to a divorce attorney as the restrictions ease in a post-pandemic world. Life, sometimes, drives us apart, and no pandemic can bring us back together. We can only hope that the health crisis would help people to redefine their priorities and focus on each other’s wellbeing even during a separation.
Parents are changing their work schedules
Depending on your job, you might have found yourself unemployed as the pandemic hit our cities. Creative parents have been looking for new work solutions, and that’s how more and more unemployed or furloughed individuals have chosen to start an online business. However, the side hustle that was born out of crisis may have grown and turned into a steady income. As people are going back to work, solo entrepreneurs are considering staying at home and pursuing their business. For kids, it’s a change of routine. Mommy or daddy is now working from home, which means families can save a ton of money on childcare for little ones. WFH parents are also more available during the day to help and encourage older kids with school and life queries!
Some families have been growing too
Some families have been growing steadily during the pandemic. Pet adoptions and fostering have exploded all around the country, filling up the lonely void left by social distancing. Life will never be the same, even as lockdown restrictions are easing. Having a dog or a cat changes your household. Some couples are also coming out of self-isolation with happy news. We can expect a peak in birth rate! Perhaps this is the COVID effect; life prevails no matter what!
The pandemic has dramatically transformed our world. Everything has changed, from the way we travel to the way we shop. But, for families, the transformations have a significant impact on the household, forever reshaping modern families. Will future analysts talk about a COVID family?