I have so many people -- friends, family, Owen's teachers, doctors and therapists -- who tell me how well I handle everything going on in our lives. They have no idea about the middle-of-the-night Emergency Room visits when the stress of internalizing it all takes over my body.
A friend of mine is pregnant, and she's having a rough go of it so far. "You people who have had babies don't say anything about this stuff," she's been saying. My friend has a point: We should alert people to the possible side effects of parenthood.
As a stay-at-home mom of two small children, when I say that I need a break, I'm not talking about wanting a vacation or a treat as a reward for doing my job. Needing a break doesn't mean that I'm seeking a respite from my responsibilities or that I want to put my feet up.
On the rare occasion you win a round of Blackjack, you're likely to lose your shirt a few minutes later -- just like those tiny parenting victories. Both will leave you feeling defeated and in need of a drink.
Running brings me clarity. Balance. An outlet. Trusted confidantes. A feeling of power. A sense of achievement. Strong legs. Toned arms. I run because being an adult is hard. And being a runner makes it less hard.
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