You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Lifestyle

g cover

Tweens, teens and needing mom

You know how mountain climbers sometimes experience “false summit” syndrome? Exhausted, thirsty, ready to declare victory, they think they have reached the top, only to have the real summit come into view.

In the midst of the nation’s renewed debate over whether working mothers can or can’t have it all — ignited by a recent Atlantic magazine article — one thing has become clear: Moms get faked out by false summits of their own. Many think the hard work of juggling child care and work will ease once their children get older, only to be surprised by a second peak when the little darlings hit age 10.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week