One mother's stories about raising a family

Author Jennifer Grant advises and confesses in her new book – here are five of her anecdotes.

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3. Danger signs

Grant remembers going on a trip with four friends and renting a house in Palm Springs, Calif. for the weekend. She says she couldn't believe how rejuvenating it was. "I didn't have to assign chores, answer a telephone, or check over homework," Grant wrote. "It was bliss." She compiled a list of signs that a parent is getting overwhelmed and requires a weekend getaway with friends, some of which include "You can't remember your favorite color," "You no longer fantasize about a vacation to Hawaii, but instead daydream about getting nine uninterrupted hours of sleep," and "You weep over everything from a chipped mug to an episode of Dinosaur Train."

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