I'm trying to look back and see the forest instead of the trees, but man is it hard today. A junior developer I mentored a few years ago just got a job as a software engineer. I know I should be happy for her, but all I can think of is how my two maternity leaves have made it impossible to job-hop into better positions (and better pay) like she has. I have to stay at a company for a year before I get maternity benefits! Basically, life sucks as a working mom.

So, when all I want to do is cry in the mother's room, what do you do to gain perspective and feel better?

I used to watch the Helmsdeep segment from Lord of the Rings where they think all is lost and Gandalf rides to the rescue, but I could use some new ideas : )