What unemployed parent means for children?
In the US, 22% of all children in April 2020 had at least 1 parent unemployed. This is the biggest number since the Great Depression. The result of this is not only lower family’s income but also bigger psychological tension and weaker results in school. But there can be a consolation to the situation.
Parents not able to work whilst another parent still has a job or those having some passive income, which will refrain them from slipping into poverty and losing their home can spend more time together with their children now. This is also true for those who start working from home.
New York Times has held a questionnaire to find out how the parental-child relations of people in America had changed during the pandemics. Whilst most of them lamented about a lower income, nearly everyone told that they have largely improved their relations in the family and started spending more time with their children. This leads to more closely-knit families, which, in long run, will come out stronger from this economical crisis, allowing today-children-future-adults to cope with further crises in their lives better.