(ABC4) – We are entering into post-pandemic parenting and with that, comes a new way to look at how we can better shift and reset to be more effective parents. Moms and dads across the U.S. are hitting the reset button and looking to improve family life.

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This week parenting journalist and educator Donna Tetreault interviews Julia Dennison on her podcast, Kids Under Construction. Dennison is the Digital Content Director for Parents.com. She shares how parents are rethinking what family means and how family life is shifting post-COVID.

Downtime is more desired now and over-scheduling kids’ extracurricular activities is getting a second look. The question now is, what is best for our family?

“If you are sharing laughs at the dinner table that isn’t wasted time,” advises Tetreault. “Even if you are watching a TV show together, that is quality downtime that allows for bonding to happen.”

Keeping it simple can be valuable, especially as we move forward and into our lives again.