Ever feel anxious or guilty about the things you let your children do? That’s mom guilt.
Do you tell yourself you’re a bad mom for a decision you made? That’s mom guilt too.
Mom guilt is a psychological reaction to the pressure’s society puts on women and the corresponding pressure we put on ourselves.
Raising decent humans is a lot of pressure, OK?! For many parents – of course, dads can experience this too – the shame of behaviour turns into “mom guilt” that leads you to feel like a bad parent. In reality, every parent feels this way sometimes. Every time you say “no” to your kids, there’s a voice in your head saying you’re too hard on them. Getting over mom guilt is no easy process, and it’s particularly common for women who work outside of the home to feel guilty for leaving their child, but you should never feel shame for it.
Mom guilt shows itself in a lot of ways. Some parents experience depression or anxiety with negative thoughts about their parenting skills, but others can go so far as to develop addictive behaviours like drinking or drug use to cope. Because we are overwhelmed with beautiful family photos on our social media feeds, mothers aspire to show that they, too, are a “good” mother through consistent social media use or by overscheduling themselves to constantly DO more. Being a mom is both the best and the worst job in the world, and getting over mom guilt starts with acceptance.
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