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Guest blogger Karyn Bryant writes: Like many working mothers, my job requires a certain amount of travel. Which means: Yippeee!!!

When I travel for work, it means I occasionally get to sleep in a little, read a book in my downtime, and go out to dinner or drinks with my co-workers; who I am lucky enough to say I absolutely adore. And there's the problem. Sometimes I feel like I have to play down the fact that I'm having a great time away from the family.

A few weeks ago my trip coincided with Aurora catching of a virus that lead to an unavoidable and traumatic break-up with her beloved paci. She was throwing up in the middle of the night and was, by all accounts, truly miserable. And so were my husband and mother-in-law who had to deal with her. So I felt pretty bad about not being there to help...but not that bad! Is that awful? Of course, I was worried about her, but I was also worried that the gang was going to hit the bar without me while I was on the phone talking about Oxy Clean!

Even though it's fun work, the fights I cover for Showtime and CBS are still, actually, work. So it's not like I'm just on a solo vacation! But how can I get over feeling like I have to tone down my enthusiasm when people ask me how "stressful" or "agonizing" it was to be away? Let's hope the hotel at my next destination has a pool, because that's a great place to really do some deep thinking.

Karyn Bryant is a television personality who's hosted shows on networks such as CNN, TNT, VH1, and MTV. She's currently a reporter for Showtime Championship Boxing and CBS' Saturday Night Fights and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Wade, and daughter, Aurora. For more from Karyn, click here.

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ShayWade June 30, 2008, 8:31 AM

Wow. I like getting away too, but I’m not sure I’d be more focused on throwing a few back if my child were ill. If my child is well and happy, okay. But, I would be devastated not to be there to comfort my child. It sounds like you have a job that requires you to be “one of the guys” but that doesn’t mean you need to act like an ass toward your child.

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