If parenting has become a total grind, you’re not alone. With the pandemic throwing a wrench into just about any kind of school or family activity, parents everywhere are struggling to bounce back. And a new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sittercity highlighted the common struggles that families are facing.

The survey collected 2,000 responses from American parents of school-aged children. The results? 69 percent of parents said they’re overwhelmed with the constant routine changes of the past year. Over half (51%) said they don’t feel prepared for the upcoming school year. What’s more, 60 percent reported that the mental load of parenting is overwhelming.

Since Sittercity is an online source for in-home care, many survey questions focused on childcare. Those responses were also eye-opening. Nearly half of respondents (45%) said they don’t know where to look when it’s time to plan child care. 13 percent said they don’t have any support options for childcare gaps. And 57% rely on a spouse or family member to assist with watching their children.

All the extra time at home together does have some advantages. More than 3/4 of parents said they’d learned more about their children over the past year thanks to the extra proximity. But the last year has definitely taken its toll. While we can’t offer childcare, we can help streamline your routine—so you can spend less time stressing and more time preparing with your family for the rest of the year.

—Sarah Shebek

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