Six Things Moms Should Never Feel Guilty About

This article, entitled Six Things Moms Should Never Feel Guilty About comes from Cathy at bountifulplate.

Don’t we as moms, sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), wish there were more than 24 hours in a day to get everything done that we want to???? We are so busy with our kids, our jobs, volunteering – the list goes on and on and on. The very last thing we need to be adding to that list is mom guilt.

Why do moms sometimes feel guilty? Is it because if we don’t spend every waking moment with our kids or doing something for our kids it feels wrong??? Motherhood is constant, and at times, challenging. Every child is unique and different and there are many parenting “styles” out there – it’s not a one size fits all. Below are six things moms should never feel guilty about:

  • Time – It’s okay to take time for yourself that doesn’t involve the kids, like going for a walk, going to a movie (by YOURSELF) or having coffee with a friend.

  • Taking a Day Off – It’s okay to take a day off once in a while from the household chores (like laundry – which is unending). The world will not come to a grinding halt if you order pizza for dinner!

  • Choices – If you are able to be home with your kids full-time, don’t feel guilty that you aren’t working. Conversely, if you work full-time, don’t feel guilty that you can’t be home. You are making the right choices for your family and others shouldn’t make you feel bad about your decision.

  • Perfection – Stop trying to be the “perfect” mom. Are our expectations of ourselves and our children unrealistic and unattainable?? Motherhood is not a competition between ourselves and other moms.

  • Judging – Let’s all stop judging each other. For example, if you decide to breastfeed your baby and your friend doesn’t, or vice versa, be supportive of one another. Aren’t we all in the same mom “boat?” Aren’t we all just trying to do the best job we can raising our children??

  • Being in Two Places at the Same Time – If you have multiple children that are involved in sports, music, drama, etc., you have probably realized that it’s impossible to be in two places at the same time. Your children will (and should) understand you are doing the best you can.

Give yourself permission to release the mom guilt. You and your family will be much happier!!!

To read more from Cathy, visit bountifulplate.blogspot.com



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Cathy B
Cathy is a homemaker, wife and mother to a son with special needs, a teenage daughter and stepmom to an adult son.
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