Thank you rob & tonya for your thoughtful comments! I agree.
I would also like to add that, while one of my centering, perspective building, calming activities is working, I recognize that this is not universal. In fact, I simply believe that all moms need a semi-routine activity or activities that centre them, and for each person this is different. If this activity is outside the realm of their home and family (even if performed within it), it helps her maintain a sense of who she is individually, and builds her sense of worth. This is vital. We are all like cars: our gas tanks get low and we need to fill them up in order to continue driving! One mom I know loves cooking, another pottery, another exercise, another photography and writing, and etc...I have several things that fill up my tank, and work is one of them.