When I was working full-time, mom guilt often overwhelmed me. Still, now as a stay-at-home mom, mom guilt continues to rear its ugly head a lot…like every.single.day. My point, mom guilt is universal. Perhaps the reasons are different, or the frequency or intensity varies; however, I don’t care what you do, or how great of a mom you are, I know you feel it too. Plus, in my case, I find it’s, double the kids, double the guilt. Mom guilt is a force to reckon with.
Here are some of my recent mom guilt examples:
-Decided to get a pedicure while the kids napped instead of completing the mountains of laundry piled up in their rooms. #MomGuilt
-Forgot to take something out to make for dinner, so everyone had canned soup and frozen pizza…for the second time this week! #MomGuilt
-Tuesday is my only day to myself..and by day, I mean I get three hours to do whatever I want to do while the nanny (part-time nanny) watches the baby and my oldest is at school. Yet, now that the baby is older and is in serious need of activity and stimulation, I feel guilty leaving her at home every single Tuesday. #MomGuilt
-See above. I felt the need to clarify that my nanny is part-time because I think people may judge me for having a nanny as a stay-at-home mom, like there is this expectation that I can and should do it all. Truth is, I couldn’t handle my kids all day everyday without her. #MomGuilt
-Went out the night before and had an awesome time. I woke up with a mega hangover and have to care for both kids by myself all morning. #MomGuilt
-Baby loves to be around other people and have activity. I struggle to find enough things for us to do during the day. I am starting to wonder if I am doing a good job or if she would be better off in “school”. #MomGuilt
-Signed my son up for two days of Kid’s Camp while on Spring Break vacation so I could get some quiet time at the pool. #MomGuilt
-I lost my temper…again #MomGuilt
-I felt guilty that my oldest didn’t do enough activities after school; now he is signed up for something every afternoon plus Saturday mornings, and I now feel guilty that he is overloaded. #MomGuilt
-Sleep training my baby worked like a charm (finally), so I continued to let her cry it out the other night. I couldn’t understand why she kept waking up, it was so unlike her. When it was time to get her out of the crib in the morning I discovered she had a seriously poopy diaper. #MomGuilt
In reading all of these examples, it is evident that I live a kidcentric lifestyle, and need to place self-care as a top priority, still I think many will read through and relate. As I said above, I don’t care what you do, or how great of a mom you are, I know you feel mom guilt too.