First, thanks to the staff at The Career Press for giving me the opportunity to publish this book. Thank you to all of my friends, colleagues, and family members who encouraged me to write this and helped me assemble the resources seen throughout the book. There are too many of you to list, and I would forget someone if I tried to do so. Thank you also to all of the parents who enthusiastically shared their stories with me.

Working parents raised me, and I never appreciated how hard the balancing act was for them. Thanks to my mom, Carol Welch, who instilled in me a love for books that led me to want to be an author. And to my dad, Jerry Kokensparger, who taught me how to work hard, providing me with the drive and discipline ...

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