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What It's Like to Quarantine With Kids

The extra screen time isn’t all bad. 

Male and female designer at work with two children

Photographer: Simon Ritzmann/Stone RF via Getty Images

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For the past week and a half I've been working from a New York apartment where a five-year old child roams free. For those readers without kids, that means I started typing this out as fast as I could right when my morning home-schooling shift ended at 11 a.m., and am hoping to be done before that inevitable moment around lunchtime when my wife walks up to gently remind me that she has a job, too. If I'm not done by then, I may be able to steal a few minutes in the late afternoon when all three of us are on the couch, with the adults trying to work while the kid attends a birthday party on Zoom.