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By Cynthia Nellis, About.com Guide to Back to School

This week I missed "Meet the Teacher" night, my daughter's stuffy nose and decorating the 4H float for this weekend's parade. Although I love my job (and honestly, I love to travel for it, too), I sometimes feel working mom guilt about being gone. I tried to make up for being gone by meeting some teachers ahead of time, blowing "mommy medicine" kisses over the phone and sending my oldest son to decorate the float. But still, it's never the same as being there yourself.

Some strategies for dealing with working mom guilt:

  • Take your child to work day. I once took my infant daughter to New York for Fashion Week (she stayed at the hotel with my best friend while I went to fashion shows) and although it was hectic, at least we were together.
  • Take care of yourself. I'm all for massages, regular workout, mani/pedis or whatever else helps keep you rested, revived and sane.
  • Make family time a priority. One of the rules in our family is that everyone sits down to dinner together every night. It's how I was raised, and I think it's one of the most important things you can do to make a family feel like, well, a family.

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