When Debbie Siegel hears her husband and their 5-year-old daughter pull into their Newton driveway at the end of the day, her stress starts to build. “I feel the tension in my shoulders,” she says.
Marital strife? No. It’s the prospect of the inevitable battle over dinner options with little Hannah. “I hope there’s not a major temper tantrum and we can just get to the table,” says Siegel, a woman confident enough to head her own company, Westchester Mortgage, who nonetheless fears a meal with her own child. “She doesn’t even allow me to get the whole menu out. She immediately stops me mid-sentence and tells me she doesn’t like what I’m making.”