Getting Over Mom Guilt

This article, entitled "Getting Over Mom Guilt: One Nanny’s Mission to Help Working Moms," is presented by Perrigo.

Go back to work or stay home? Daycare or nanny? Cloth or disposable diapers? Should you make your own baby food?

Moms have lots of choices…and are bombarded by other people’s opinions on all things baby. But, one thing all moms can agree on – we all have mom guilt. In the age of social media, we’re constantly comparing ourselves to the “super moms” we see do it all. We feel guilty when we’re the last person to pick-up our child at school; guilty saying “no” to chaperoning the school field trip; guilty for making the decision to return to work after the baby. It’s important to know you are not alone.

According to a recent study 75% of moms plan to return to work post baby. And when it comes to returning to work stress:*

  • 42% attributed stress to feeding their baby

  • 27% of breastfeeding moms stressed about finding time/place to pump during work

  • 56% are stressed over paying for child care and not having enough time to balance work/family

*Survey results provided by Harris Interactive

So how can you get back into the working world without agonizing over leaving your little one? Well, you probably won’t.

In the video below, 2004 Nanny of the Year and mom, Michelle LaRowe can give you a few tips on finding your own work/life balance.

Michelle LaRowe is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year. A career nanny specializing in caring for twins, Michelle has over a decade of professional childcare experience. Michelle is an active member of the nanny community and has served on the board of directors and as vice president of the International Nanny Association. Michelle is the author of the Nanny to the Rescue! parenting series, Working Mom's 411 and A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists. She and her husband Jeff, reside on Cape Cod with their daughter Abigail and their son Luke.

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