Anne Tergesen

Like many working parents, I’m no stranger to feeling overwhelmed. Last Friday was one of those days. First, my four-year-old threatened to boycott his swim lesson. My mind was cluttered with all I had to do at work: Fact-check one article, plow ahead with another. I was beating myself up (yet again) for having lost out to a rival publication on a story. To top it off, I was hosting a “sports” party for my second son that afternoon—and I hadn’t yet had time to recover from my oldest son’s sleepover party the week before.

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