As a reformed Superwoman, I am living proof that not only is this Superwoman model an unsustainable one, but one that can only lead to burnout, frustration and mountains of guilt. It's time for a new model.
Stop trying to be perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop trying to meet everyone's expectations. You can't fix all your kids' problems and have all the answers. You can't heal all their wounds. Sometimes, you have to let things go.
I plan strategically and communicate with my children so that we can set and manage realistic expectations. Yes, I want each of my children to have a rich life filled with friendships and fun, but I also want to make sure that my life mirrors those same values.
As 2014 dawns, women on the run in political office and public service have multitasking ahead. How well we juggle doing it all -- home life, work life, personal space and public engagement -- may well determine the fate of our families and our nation.
I hope that as we continue this conversation, we do so with the understanding that no one woman's experience is the same, that we all have different choices to make, and that we all have something vitally important to bring to the table.