How Do Working Parents Manage Commute & School Drop Off?
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– Nov 24, 2020(11 replies)
I actually don't have any friends with kids my age where both parents are working full-time, to whom I can ask this question! So: my daughter is 4, and my husband and I both work (let's pretend that offices and schools are open again!) in downtown SF. Currently I leave home at 7.30 for a short bus ride to her preschool, drop her at 8, go to the gym for 30 minutes, work 9-5, pick her up at 5.30, and get home around 6. Husband cycles to work, works longer hours, but is still usually home for dinner at 6.30. All fine and dandy, plenty of work-life balance, we're very lucky, wouldn't change it for the world, except...
We are craving more of a sense of nature around us, and a yard for kiddo to play in. We'd love to live in the Berkeley Hills if budget allows, or maybe Montclair. But I can't get my head round how two working parents manage to include school pickup and drop-off in a routine that necessitates an hour-plus-long commute for both of them.
Do a lot of people have nannies to pick up their kids? I don't love that option for us. Does one parent usually leave work early to pick up the kid, and make up the hours in the evening? Again, not loving it. Or does everyone just live close to BART if they need to commute to SF?Nov 24, 2020