Last year, the Kim family got a little closer than usual. With mom and dad both working remotely and the kids maintaining an e-learning schedule, the Kim household felt a little too cozy some days. Mom, a business executive, would be on Zoom meetings while Rachael, their oldest, was trying to practice clarinet in the background. Dad was always on the phone, reaching out to his real estate clients, while his sons Tyler and Josh, were crying for snacks every hour. This combined with their home’s open floorplan left the family feeling frustrated and on edge. The only family member who seemed to be enjoying this new setup was Rusty, the family dog.
Even when their city began to open back up, the kids had a hybrid school schedule and Mom and Dad were still required to work from home. Everyone in the household felt burnt out, especially in the winter when escaping outdoors wasn’t an option.