By Karen Borta

Any mom who works outside the home knows how challenging it can be to balance work and family.

I’m very fortunate to have a lot of help getting my children to and from their after-school activities and with their homework, etc., but apparently there are some crises that only mommies are equipped to handle.

Point in case: on Monday night, I was trying diligently to watch the final presidential debate when my 10 year old calls me on the verge of hysteria.

The catastrophe that has her so worked up? The fact that she has to share a bathroom with her 12 year old sister.

Apparently, my middle child takes up too much counter space and is also way too bossy.

Oh– add to that the unfortunate fact that the 10 year old doesn’t like that “she has to walk all the way down the hall to get to the bathroom” and you have the ingredients for her personal calamity.

On that note, I should probably take this opportunity to apologize to Doug Dunbar and my other colleagues whose desks are situated a little too close to mine.

That’s because my children’s mini-dramas aren’t unusual occurrences. In fact, they happen with extreme regularity.

But as frustrated as they sometimes make me, I think a part of me is quietly glad that my children know they can come to me with all of their problems—even if I’m many miles away.

After all, I’m still their mommy, the person who can be counted on to love them without fail.

From me they know they’ll get love, patience, guidance, and at least a semi-sympathetic ear.

All of that being said, sorry, Kylie. You still don’t get your own bathroom.

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