Your patience is wearing thin—but so is your kid’s

Here’s how to help the entire family practice pandemic patience.

Los Angeles mom Erica Medine thought life was going to get easier once distance learning ended for the summer. Instead, things got even harder.

“School gave us something to do, and now there’s no structure,” says Medine, who has an eight-year-old daughter. “My patience is wearing thin because she’s always fed up, and her patience is wearing thin because she doesn’t know when this is going to end.”

A lot of parents can relate. Things were stressful enough when they became de facto teachers on top of full-time parents and workers, but many kids seem even more restless now that school is out. Experts say we’re still far from getting back to normal. How can you tell your kids to be patient when everyone feels ready to explode?