“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” HAROLD B. LEE
MOMMY GUILT. IT’S AN EPIDEMIC.
The working mom, the part-time working mom, the stay-at-home mom, the supermom, the room mom, the traditional mom, the modern mom, the helicopter mom, the tiger mom.....No one is immune when mommy guilt steps in to whisper the lie that we’re somehow failing our children.
Lord knows I’m not immune to it. Am I working too much? Am I present enough with them? Do I travel too much without them? Am I doing enough with them? You know what I’m talking about?
We try our best to achieve consistent balance—that elusive thing none of us ever actually attains or maintains. We try and prioritize and say yes to the right things and no to the wrong things.
Here’s the truth....We do the best we can to be the best moms we can be.
And still, mommy guilt lives on. It’s a monster! And it can totally sabotage our best efforts at living a full life.
Every choice we make as mothers is an invitation for mommy guilt to rear its ugly head. It’s not just about working or not working. We compare ourselves to perfect-looking mommies on social media. We feel terrible for throwing away the eight-thousandth piece of artwork that comes home from school (never mind that our fridge is full of them). Quit worrying about whether you’re a good mother or not.
Just ask yourself these questions to see if you’re doing a good job: Do you love your children? Do you make loving and caring for your people a priority? Are you making the best decisions you can for your family?
If you answered yes to those questions, congratulations! You are a good mom! In fact, you are a great mom. You’re doing it, sister! Tell mommy guilt to take a seat. Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense!