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The Pandemic Slowed Down Life For Many Overscheduled Families -- Will That Last When It’s Over?




Ashleigh Dallas a Golden Guitar Winning musician plays guitar on her front porch whilst isolating at home with young daughter Harriet on April 06, 2020 in Tamworth, Australia.
Ashleigh Dallas a Golden Guitar Winning musician plays guitar on her front porch whilst isolating at home with young daughter Harriet on April 06, 2020 in Tamworth, Australia.
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There aren’t many silver linings to the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic that has been hanging over us for the last 15 months, but one of the few just might be how the pandemic likely made many of our schedules just a little less hectic. With playdates on hold, after school activities cancelled, school sports seasons at a halt and parties postponed, many parents found themselves living a slightly slower-paced life. And according to a recent survey of parents, some of them...actually kind of liked it. In a recent article, Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Marie Chaker cites a poll from Pittsburgh-based consumer research company CivicScience that surveyed more than 2,600 parents and found that almost a third of them said they would do fewer activities than before the pandemic. 

Many parents with children who have aspirations of attending a college or university encourage participation in clubs, school sports and other extracurricular activities to bolster their transcript, but though data suggest some have gotten accustomed to the slower pace of life and want to keep it that way after the pandemic in the hopes that it will make both their lives and their kids’ lives a little less busy.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from you -- are you planning to ramp back up to a regular level of activity once the pandemic is over, or do you think you’ll try and keep up with a more relaxed pace of life? Has being forced to abandon those regular activities made you rethink the way you value them? Tell us what you think by calling 866-893-5722.