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Those pre-first-day jitters are natural. But if you've prepared properly, you have no reason to worry.

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This story appears in the August 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

This weekend my sister is getting married. As such, there will be more family and friends at my parents' house than any of us have seen in a long time--actually, ever, because the reception is at my parents' house, and the guest list is quickly approaching 100.

All of this, of course, is rapidly leading to a state a panic at the Spaeder household. On top of all the wedding preparations taking place, at the moment we've got three infants and two toddlers (my sisters' kids) in the house, demanding every ounce of attention my sisters, parents and I have to offer. It's enough to make a perfectly sane person throw a fit when there's no toilet paper in the bathroom or someone drank the last of the orange juice.

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