More than half of parents feel unprepared for this upcoming school year after constant routine changes during the pandemic

Coming out of the pandemic, parents are more anxious than usual about back-to-school — so much so, they named the morning hustle of getting their kids ready for school one of their biggest pain points, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 American parents of school-aged children also revealed more than half (51%) of parents don't feel prepared for the upcoming school year. Nearly seven in 10 are overwhelmed by the constant routine changes of the past year, and one in three said they've only started getting the hang of their current routine. More than that, 27% said they've forgotten what their kids' normal school morning routine feels like. The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sittercity, explored other ways the pandemic has shaped parents' back-to-school concerns. With worries about their child getting COVID-19 top of mind for one in four parents, there's more stress than ever around the commute to school. More than a quarter of parents are uncomfortable letting their kids ride the bus, so much so that seven in 10 plan to wake up almost half an hour earlier just to drive or walk their kids to school.

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