‘I understand my kid more’: how the pandemic changed parenting

Over the past two years something shifted in many Australian families. For some the upheaval meant not just stress but slowing down, getting closer and becoming more adaptable

In mid-June 2020 in Melbourne, Asher’s next door neighbour complained about the plants their 12-year-old son was growing in an empty car space in the apartment complex. The body corporate threatened to fine them. In the midst of solo parenting their son through lockdown number two, it was the last straw.

Asher decided to move out. To the country. It wasn’t an easy decision – it meant leaving behind the career they’d carved out over a decade, but “it’s a compromise and being a parent is a relationship that’s two-sided”.

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