Grandparents can have major impact in family life during the pandemic

Posted at 7:44 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 10:44:36-04

The pandemic has upended work and school life for families everywhere, and some are only able to rebound from the fallout with help from their parents.

Megan Rhodes says she doesn't know what she'd do if it wasn't for her mother. As a single mom, she holds down two jobs to make ends meet.

"It is exhausting. I know why women my age do not have children! They're wonderful, but yeah," Rhodes said, "it's exhausting!"

When the pandemic hit and daycares closed, her mother was able to start providing child care.
"It means so much to me," she explained. "I don't know how I can ever repay her."

"She is just, she's just my angel."

Rhodes and her kids have recently moved in with her mom as well.

According to the latest pew research, 26.6 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 years old currently live with their parents.

That number is up across the board for all major racial and ethnic groups, men and women.