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On a recent Friday morning, Jackie Ekholm of Greenwich, Conn., sent her investment-banker husband off to work before getting their three children, all recovering from nasty colds, to school. Carpenters doing a dusty, invasive renovation of the family’s center-hall colonial were setting up shop for the day. Just as she caught her breath, the family dog—who had to get stitches the week before, following an accident in the nearby woods—chewed off her bandages and had to be whisked to the vet.

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