I know this is going to sound bad, but: "Work!"
I'm on disability now and can't work anymore due to back surgery complications. I would give ANYTHING to be able to go to work each day. I got so much more satisfaction and personal fulfillment from my job than anything else in my life, that it probably made me a worse mother than I could have been. But I always made sure that my kids were surrounded by good daycare providers, school teachers, and other mentors in my absence (when I was working).
at 3:22 PM on Feb. 26, 2009