Parenting Subcontractors

New firms let you focus on the kids, not kiddie chores

Pam Francis for TIME

Penny Walker, a registered nurse with a bachelors of science in nursing, poses with her daughter, Katherine. Penny owns and runs a company in Houston called The Texas Lice Squad, which provides families with confidential and professional in-home head lice removal.

Catherine Castrence is not a morning person. So between getting her daughters dressed and fed breakfast, letting the dog out and giving an insulin shot to the family's diabetic cat, the Reston, Va., working mother of two barely had time to pack her kids' lunches before getting them to day camp by 8:00. But this summer she and her husband are outsourcing that particular ritual. Health e-Lunch Kids charges them $4.99 apiece for the homemade, nutritious meals it delivers each day to the local YMCA where Maddy, 9, and Elena, 6, are spending eight weeks. "I'm the kind of person who...

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