02/26/2014 02:32 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2014

A New Mantra For Moms: I Am The Standard

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Ask a middle-class mom if she’s feeling guilty, and chances are pretty good she'll say she is, about anything and everything: about not spending enough time with her kids; about spending the wrong kind of time with her kids; about being over-doting or under-doting; about caring too much what her kids eat or not caring enough; about signing her kids up for too many activities or signing them up for too few. Pry open the lid, and a vat of anxieties will freely pour out.

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