Elmo’s Dad Has a PSA to Share With Overwhelmed Parents at Home

In the United States, we’ve been dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak for over a month now. And while we’ve had some time to adjust to the new “normal,” you’re probably still over it. Like, really over it.

There are so many people who’ve been affected by the pandemic—whether you’ve lost your job or lost a loved one. But one of the most affected groups is parents with kids who are home 24/7 with schools and daycares being closed for the unforeseeable future.

Now, it’s not that these parents don’t love their children or spending time with family. Of course they do—that’s what life’s about, after all.

But when you’re trying to work, keep food on the table, and maintain your level of sanity, adding kids to the mix is downright exhausting—and unproductive. I mean, you try getting anything done when you have a 3-year-old who needs your attention every second of the day.

If this sounds like you, know that you’re not alone. Even a fictional character is going through the same thing—and actually, he might be the one person who makes you feel better about this whole thing.

We’re talking about Elmo’s dad, Louie.

Yes, the Elmo from Sesame Street. We didn’t know he had a dad either, but he recently appeared on a segment of the show to give overwhelmed parents at home with their kids his very own PSA. And it’s downright comforting.

You see, Elmo’s dad knows exactly what you’re going through. In fact, right as he begins his PSA, Elmo interrupts him yelling from another room about having Dad help him make a pillow fort. Relatable? Yes.

After he tells him he’ll be right there, he explains that it really is nice to spend so much time with our kids, but adding with a sigh that, “it can be a bit overwhelming.”

“I just want to say, parents, you’re doing an amazing job,” he says, making literally every Mom and Dad across the world dealing with the exact same thing tear up.

Louie also has some advice for these overwhelmed parents: to take some time to yourself, if you can. “You know, take care of you,” he says, adding some simple ways to do that: Listen to music, do a simple stretch, or even just take a second to breathe (because you’re probably not doing very much of that, are we right?).

Louie then leads us in a quick breathe-in, breathe-out session. We feel better already.

“We’re all doing the best we can, and that is okay,” he says.

Thanks, Louie. We really needed that.

To watch the whole PSA by Elmo’s dad, check out the video below.

Are you a parent at home with kids during the coronavirus? What kinds of things are you doing to help from being overwhelmed?