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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Witching hour

This past weekend I read an article in Parent's Magazine titled Remedies for the Witching hour: tips for preventing evening meltdowns. I knew right away that the author was talking about the kids (mostly), but somehow I wished there was advice on how to avoid meltdowns of the mom sort. If I were to compile the list it would look something like this:

1. Act like the baby you are. It was a rough day and you need some transition time between work and daycare pick up. So what's a mom to do? I say crank up the tunes in your car and sing like a banshee. Or on those really bad days, have a good cry on your way to pick up the kids. In other words, just force it out of your system. It's in everyone's best interest.

2. Bring back the 50's cocktail hour. How on earth did this ever go out of fashion? I just can't think of a good reason.

3. Give kids what they want -- TV & treats. Sometimes (not always, of course) just give in and enjoy the much needed peace and quiet that comes from the contented bliss of a kid on gummies and Olivia.

Don't you feel more relaxed already?

All kidding aside, the article is here and worth reading.

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