5 Ways I'm Going to Have It AllAs with all cultural conversations that touch on the issue of mothers, the "having it all" thread isn't going away anytime soon. As I've said before, this stuff sells - anything that even comes close to being a smack-down among women is the low hanging fruit of news coverage. It's easy, it's quick and it gets people talking.
The bigger conversation, as several of us here at Babble Voices are having, is what does "all" mean? As I've been pondering that, it makes me wonder how my own personal struggle with this is impacting my 12-year-old daughter, who has internalized the idea of being able to be or do whatever she wants when she grows up, but at the same time sees me, her mom, struggling to stay on top of work and home and family. She sees me exhausted at the end of the day, with more headaches than I'd like to mention. She wonders why I sigh so much. Sometimes she says my husband takes her aside and tells her that mommy just has too much on her plate.
Actually, I think I need a Tylenol right now.
Anyway, even before Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote the article we're all loving/hating to talk about, it had become crystal clear to me that something had to give in my own life. While I know some people have not been happy about what I've given up in order to take a shot at living my life the way I want to teach my daughter how to live hers, my gut says I'm heading in the right direction.
So what five things am I concentrating on so I don't continue on this road of too much multitasking?
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