Ask for Help When You Need It
Super celebrity moms can be a tough act to follow. The rest of us struggle to make parenthood, personhood, career and personal partnerships look easy -- and invariably we fail -- and blame ourselves. Parenting is hard work; having a career is hard work; interpersonal relationships are hard work, too. Dealing with the stress and exhaustion that can result from trying to "do it all" is alternately discouraging and infuriating.
Raising a family in the 21st century presents unique problems and challenges that are hard to tackle alone. At work, at home, at rest or at play (if there is much play these days), don't suffer in silence. Ask for help. Develop a network of supportive family members, friends and neighbors, and don't feel ashamed to ask for backup. Every little bit helps.