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Being a Super Mom May Be Dangerous to Your Health

In the year 2004 women are still conflicted: to stay or not to stay at home with the children; to go or not to go to work for self-fulfillment and a much needed second income, or to juggle both worlds- perfectly. Women were raised to be good little girls, accommodating, helpful and well-behaved; somehow throughout the years they kept adding on to this magical imagery. When the feminist movement took root, women who worked in the home, felt as if they were languishing, losing their keen mental edge. They envied those who ďmade something of themselvesĒ in the work force. On the other hand, women who dedicated their twenties and thirties to their careers, while their fertility declined, envied the women who were home bonding with their children. Then the womenís movement gave birth to a seemingly brilliant inspiration: Women could do both. However, now they had to intensify their existence. It seemed like everyone was lining up waiting to be taken care of: husband, children, aging parents and the boss! As a result, panic attacks, anxiety and depression have escalated.

The good news is that every woman has the power to control her perceptions and emotions. She has the potential to become the heroine of her own personal story, most importantly, to learn from the conflicts encountered along the way. Every woman is entitled to a life adventure with a happy ending. Here are some suggestions to shed the myth of perfection and the accompanying stress.

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