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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Moms who accept they can’t do it all less likely to be depressed

From elsewhere in The Post: Knowing the house won’t always be clean and a presentation for work may not be perfect can strengthen the mental health of mothers, reports Carolyn Butler in the Health & Science section.

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A new study says “women who recognize that something has to give when it comes to juggling a job and family tend to have fewer depressive symptoms than those who think they can truly have — and handle — it all,” Butler wrote.

But, according to Butler, taking a more lax approach to caring for a family and pursuing a career can be easier said than done.

From her story: “‘Many of us have very high expectations for ourselves, and it can be hard to let them go,’ says Ellen Galinsky, president of the nonprofit Families and Work Institute. She adds that problems arise when there’s a clash between what you expect — a perfectly clean house or a home-cooked meal on the table every night, for example — and what actually happens; the end result is guilt, particularly for women.”

How do you balance demands at work and at home without feeling overwhelmed?

By On Parenting  |  02:55 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Tags:  work-life balance, depression, supermoms

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