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Mary Symmes is the founder of Self Investment Strategies and a life coach devoted to the empowerment of working women. Mary is also a clinical social worker in Alexandria, Va. Visit her Web site at SelfInvestmentStrategies.com



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Mary has experience dealing with all issues of women's emotional health. Ask her your questions about work-related stress, relationship issues, developing self-confidence and dealing with life changes. Submit your questions

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Liz writes, "I work more than my husband and am the primary breadwinner in our family. I am also the primary caretaker (I do all the cleaning, cooking, homework help, put the kids to bed, etc.) I'm really starting to resent the fact that I feel I carry the burden of our family -- both financially and when it comes to raising our two girls. How can I express my feelings to him without having him get angry and defensive?" Mary's answer

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  • The above is for general information only and is not intended to substitute for professional mental health treatment. Individuals should consult licensed professionals as needed.


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