No Margin For Error

Anne Tergesen

Yesterday, at the playground, “S” and I fell into conversation. We both work part-time. We both have three sons under the age of 8. And we both agree: One of the hardest things about being a working parent is that, quite often, it feels as if there’s just no margin for error. I’m talking about the panic that washes over me when the washing machine breaks, the car won’t start, the computer is incapacitated by Spyware, the babysitter gets sick, or the cat throws up on my cellphone (all true stories). “It often feels as if everything has to work perfectly, or the whole system will break down,” “S” said.

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