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Repeat after me: “I do not have to be at my family’s beck and call all the time.” Say it until you believe it. And then, make it so. Every now and then, create—and enforce—a Mom Zone. No kids allowed. No partners, either, unless you want them there. When my girls were little, I actually made a sign that I stuck to the bathroom door when I wanted some privacy. It read: “Mom Time in Session; Keep Out! (P.S. I love you!)”

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