With the start of the school year, Miami attorney Valerie Greenberg has been settling into her new routine - leaving work promptly at 5:30 p.m. and zooming across town to pick her daughter up from high school volleyball practice by 6 p.m., every weeknight.
Her son will hang around after school and wait. For now, the physical benefits for her daughter outweigh the stress it puts on the family, Greenberg says.
"As a single working parent this was the best compromise for all," she said. But we are still squeezed. "Any change can throw us all off."
As school kicks in and kids sign up for activities and lessons, the logistics for working parents can get complicated. Parents regularly drive themselves over the edge trying to make their work schedules mesh with their children's extracurricular activities.
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