As pandemic upends childcare plans, here are ways Sacramento families make do

With schools closed since mid-March, some parents working from home and others busier than ever as essential workers, the pandemic has been a complicated time for childcare. While family situations vary immensely, here are a few pieces of wisdom from Sacramento parents that might help others in pursuit of some semblance of childcare-work-life balance.

Trade off with the other parent

Sarah Farnsworth Torres, an immigration lawyer, and her husband, a tax preparer, devised a schedule aimed at maximizing their work productivity while balancing time with their kids. They each work six days a week, with days divided into two shifts — 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. They alternate who works and who watches their 1½- and 3-year-old children during each period.

“I sat down and did the math,” Torres said. “I wanted to get as close to a 40-hour work week as possible. But I

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