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Saturday, September 04, 2010



What an eloquent way to explain the back to school jig. I have yet to experience a difference between work-life balance in the summer and the school year. In fact, with my 6-year old in summer camp at her sister's daycare center, the summer schedule was actually easier than the school-year one. (No school closure days, and the center was open 7 am to 6 pm!) Talk to me in another few years...

Beth Sperber Richie

Thank you for relieving my guilt at my own back-to-school jig, Karen!


I haven't yet experienced the school year; my children are 20 months and 3 1/2 and go to daycare 5 days/week. I do constantly grapple with the guilt and balance of wanting more of them and having too much of them and not enough of me. My absolutely favorite part of your writing is the description of being on high alert when the kids are near. I haven't heard it expressed that way, but it is exactly how I feel! Even when I can do something I feel like there is a time bomb ticking in the corner. My hope is that it will lessen as the years progress, but it looks like it may take a while!

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