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Meds.I found an interesting -- and frankly terrifying -- story on ABC News about the rising number of women using Adderall that was prescribed for their kids' ADHD. I watched that piece with great interest, mainly because I know how they feel. I have a number of projects I'm working on, each as pressing as the next, a life that is run on and by deadlines and a husband and two kids to care for. Oh, and I guess I ought to add myself in there too, somewhere.

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We're on vacation right now and while heading out of the theme park, my son, Cole asked if I could swim with them when I got back. "I can't honey. I have so much work to do."

"That's what you always say."

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Zing! He was right. I do always say that because I have way too much stuff on my plate. And I feel like a hypocrite. I spend my life and career telling women to be as good to themselves as they are to others, yet I wasn't and am not doing that myself. Lately I've been too busy to exercise, too stressed to eat well, too stretched to spend the proper amount of time with my kids and it's all been just too much.

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That Supermom syndrome is real, so much so that a rising number of women are turning to drugs to meet the demands. And while I don't condone the use of drugs in ways other than those for which they are prescribed, part of me gets what these women were saying: 24 hours just doesn't seem like enough time, and even when it is, we still need two extra arms and an endless supply of energy.

So how do we combat that -- I mean, without the use of drugs? We take a step back and edit some of what's going on in our lives. Then we take a hard look at how that happened and how we can keep it from happening again. And that's just what I'm doing. I'm going to commit to sleep, silly time with my kids and an appropriate amount of work. Because this Supermom doesn't have a cape. Never did.

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