Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably feeling the hangover of life post-pandemic, topped off with that unwelcome side-effect of rising living costs. The fourth annual State of the Nation Parenting Survey, conducted by nib New Zealand (nib), has just released its latest findings, highlighting the major concerns troubling New Zealand parents right now.
The report shows that whānau are struggling with overwhelming increases in societal and household pressures, compared to four years ago. It’s no surprise, considering mortgage rates are up to double what they were last year and inflation is at 7.2%. From pain at the pump and paying for groceries, to the stress of work and covering sick staff, all while dealing with the mental health impact of Covid (for us and our kids), it's fair to say there’s a lot to deal with at the moment. Living under a rock actually sounds quite appealing, come to think of it!