Managing the Summer Child-Care Scramble

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By Ann Carrns
Published June 26, 2013, in The New York Times – Money

Summer evokes images of long afternoons, lounging in a hammock or splashing at the pool. The reality is often less idyllic, especially for working parents — even for those who, like me, work from home.

With school out of session, children’s schedules are theoretically free — but mine are preteens, not quite old enough to spend all day unsupervised. If a friend is available to play, they’ll usually keep themselves occupied for a few of hours. But there’s no guarantee they won’t get in some sort of scrape while I’m doing a telephone interview (“No, I don’t hear a child screaming…do you?”) Read the full story.