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Mommy Fatigue

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Moms are tired. It’s a fact. They can be seen yawning in carpool and stretching in the grocery store. Some have been known to pull into a parking spot and catch a few zzzz’s when they have a quiet car (either because they are alone or their child has fantastically fallen asleep). It seems the dark circles and perennial fatigue is universal ... and is not just for moms of newborns.

In response to a Facebook.com post regarding this article, Emerald-Jane Hunter, a Chicago TV producer and owner of Emerald-Jane Productions, thinks moms are tired “because we are constantly on the go and our brains are constantly working even in our sleep. We are taking care of not only the kids but schedules and appointments and homework, etc. We seek out information constantly more than Dads and we just can’t ever stop. That’s why we’re tired and in my case ... I WORK too in a demanding industry at that. I’m tired just writing this.”

For Ms. Hunter, a mother of two working outside the home, the frantic "always playing catch up" pace is overwhelming at times.

But, moms who work outside the home don’t hold the monopoly on fatigue. Cree Davis, an Atlanta stay-at-home mother of two who also homeschools her children, responded to the same Facebook.com post with the idea that culturally, American moms don’t give each other the help they all need.

She writes, “We don’t have a close village of women to help, a village that understands the fact that we need each other ... Everyone is so busy these days. In society there is an expectation for a woman to do and be everything! In other countries, women depend on each other for help. They visit each other’s homes, teach and watch the kids, cook, and so much more. They don’t have to be everything and do everything for everyone. They understand the need for help!”

One thing stay-at-home moms and moms who work outside the home can agree on is that they are all tired.

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