Real Moms Secret A Mother Who Takes Care of Herself Holds Together Her Happy Family

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"Moms who take care of themselves first . . .": K. E. Nault, When You're About to Go off the Deep End, Don't Take Your Kids with You (West Vancouver, British Columbia: Stepping Stones for Life, 2005), quoted in L. Mitges, "Put Yourself First: How to Save Yourself and Your Kids," Calgary Herald, May 9, 2005, p. E3.

Real Mom Alert (parents who usually are fatigued are less capable in handling their families): S. Elek, D. Hudson, and M. Fleck, "Couples' Experiences with Fatigue During the Transition to Parenthood," Journal of Family Nursing, 2002, 8, 221-240.

Only 35 percent of moms use "No" as a time-saving technique: the editors of Working Mother magazine (L. Bernmenson, editor in chief), The Working Mother Book of Time: How to Take It, Make It, Save It, and Savor It (New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2000), p. 20.

Delegating family chores increases family happiness by 32 percent: D. Niven, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), excerpted in Parents, Aug.

What Four Real Moms Did (Heather Poropat, exercising with baby in stroller): A. Bertrand, "Workout with Baby a Guilt-Free Exercise," Desert Sun, May 26, 2005, p. Fl.

What Four Real Moms Did (Elizabeth Wright, dating her husband): T. J. Banes, "Timeout for Parents," Indiana Living, Jan. 13,

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