NEW YORK CITY – Parents in America’s largest city are reeling in the new reality of having to raise their own kids during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to child services organizations.
“This is now the world we live in,” said Deb Flores, Spokesperson for New York’s Child Protective Service Agency. “We don’t have the benefit of babysitters or any day care services. Unfortunately, right now, we’re living at a time when parents are going to have to raise their own kids.”
At a recent press conference, Flores called parents up to the microphone to describe their dark and disturbing days.
“On a typical day, before the pandemic, my wife would feed our daughter, and then I’d drop her at day care on my way to work,” one father said of his two-year-old. “After day care, she’d go to her grandparents, who would feed and play with her. Usually, by the time we picked her up after work, all we had to do was read her a quick story and she was out for the night. I’d say in a given day, I’d really only have to spend about two hours with her, before the pandemic.”
“But now,” he said, “I have to do everything. I wake up, she’s here. I hang out, she’s here. I work, she’s here. I watch the news, she’s here. She’s always here.”
Flores said the government needs to do more to help struggling families who, if it weren’t for the pandemic, could push off their child raising duties to others.
“No parent goes into childbirth thinking that they’ll have to raise their own kid full time,” Flores said. “That’s what makes this new world so difficult for most of them.”
The Pail reached out to several other parents, who declined to comment for fear of saying something that their children would hold against them once they’re older.