You love your family. You love your partner. You love your children. It’s the most natural thing in the world for a woman to share her love with others. But women also have the need to be nurtured and taken care of by others. And what can easily happen is that we aren’t. Many of these relationships entail a one sided emotional dependency. Where and how can we charge our emotional batteries y so we can still give so much to others. It’s like we aren’t supposed to need anything but we do. Women can nurture each other if they have the time and the freedom to do so. Many women in choosing to work or needing to work have the benefit of social connections outside the home and ideally more intellectual stimulation, but then have to burn the candle at both ends to maintain a household. Men are naturally valued and given more status, and because of this women often unconsciously put their female friendships last. But who really helps you? Who really listens to you? Women’s greatest challenge is first being able to take care of ourselves. Time and space, learning and creating, nurturing the people who nurture us : all these are essential to our ability to give so much to people who need us.