Everyone in LA needs an entourage. If you don't have a film crew following you around, hire some bodyguards and constantly pick up the tab for some sycophantic friends. If that doesn't work, there's always starving anthropology students.
Researchers at UCLA have been following 32 Los Angeles-area families (2 incomes, 2+ kids) for four years, closely observing their frenetic-sounding lives. Apparently, having kids involves a lot of driving (of course, so does living in LA):
"[A comment by a mom at her son's hockey practice, which is before her daughter's fencing practice points to] a second trend emerging from the UCLA data ó how few people have any unstructured time.Interestingly, both of these parents now have very negative recollections of long afternoons of playing, wandering, and watching TV during their own childhoods.
In just one of the 32 families did the father ó a freelance film animator ó make a habit of taking an evening stroll with his son and daughter. Hand-in-hand, they dodged vacant lots and broken glass in Culver City while chasing bugs and making up stories.
Kim and Gary Zeiss are keeping their children busy by design. They believe it's a key to being a successful adult in a culture that rewards multi-taskers.
"You know the old saying," says Gary, a 47-year-old attorney. "If you want something done, give it to a busy person. They're learning how to be that."
The new American family: go, go, go [AP in Deseret News, via DT reader(?) my mom]