Kitchen wisdom is the genius that many women have honed over centuries. It includes emotional intelligence, psychological insight and social conscience. It's a witches' brew of qualities and aptitudes.
But at 2 a.m., I was wide awake, texting my kids till my fingers smoked and learning that they hadn't found the driver and that they'd found other rides home. Do you know what that feels like to a mother?
I seem to have experienced a role (model) reversal: after working for women I thought--in my naiveté and lack of experience--were "bad" mothers, I've turned into exactly the sort of mother I said I would never be.