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This Could Be the End of the Optimized Mom

Juggling work and childcare in quarantine is helping parents redefine their idea of ‘enough’

Exhausted parents covering their faces with pillows as baby cries between them.
Photo: Stephanie Rausser/Getty Images

The first stage of quarantine parenting was denial. Back in mid-March, just days into lockdown, I was Zooming with my good friend in Toronto, a lawyer who had been juggling full-time work with full-time care for her two young kids, when…

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