No More Mom Guilt (or dad guilt for that matter)! Ways to Release the Guilt and Be Grateful
As a mom who works her ass off, I get down on myself harder than I should sometimes. Why do I get down on myself with Mom Guilt? It’s because I have to work when I want to play with H, I have to make sure I make deadlines when I really want to take her to the movies, and I have to tell her “give me one more minute” more times than I like to admit.
The guilt is real.
Mom guilt looks like this:
1. Trying to make up for time I spend perfecting my craft and working.
2. Telling my little one I’m sorry for using more than an hour or two working.
3. Buying more cupcakes and cute shoes to show how hard I’ve been working.
4. Beating myself up for choosing to do work instead of anything else.
5. Feeding myself negative comments about my decision to be a mom who works.
I stopped this mom guilt though. Does it creep back in every once in a while? YES, but I have to let it go quickly. I try to always exchange my mom guilt for mom gratitude. Being grateful is the best way to make the guilt melt away.
Mom gratitude looks like:
1. Making the most of every moment spent with H and capturing those moments.
2. Explaining how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to do what we do for a living.
3. Making a list of all the things we get to EXPERIENCE because I decide to work.
4. Telling myself that I am building a legacy for my children and my children’s children by
5. Using my affirmations to change my negative thoughts.