While in college, Michele Kus walked out of a jazz band audition vowing never to play music publicly again. Burnout had pushed her over the edge. 20 years later, after seven years as a full-time mom and the birth of her third child, she was exhausted from parenting and in need of a territory to call her own. Unexpectedly, she found herself being drawn into playing keyboard at her church. This time, music became a lifeline.
Many of us struggle with the mom martyr complex: It’s my job to be selfless and put my children first. It’s my responsibility to think of my family at all times. It’s my role as a mom to put my needs secondary, third or fourth after the needs of my family.
Out of sight, out of mind? Not so fast. With today’s multiple ways to connect, frequent business travel is no excuse for you and your spouse to live like ships passing in the night. From technology to thoughtful gestures and old-fashioned letter-writing, distance can make the heart grow fonder.
Day care, and nannies and au pairs, oh my! There are a myriad of child care choices available to families today, but figuring out which option is best is no easy task. Parents of young children have a particularly difficult job, because care providers for children under two are not as prevalent as those for older children.
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