This theme integrated components of each of the other themes by establishing realistic expectations for oneself in both professional and personal contexts and gaining insight from successful mothers.


  • Recognizing limitations
  • Comparison to others (e.g., assessing productivity to a colleague without children)
  • Dealing with feelings of failure


  • Focusing and celebrating all successes
  • Acknowledging and regarding achievements
  • Limiting comparisons to helpful or motivating situations