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Mommin' Ain't Easy: Dealing with "Mom Guilt"

Updated: May 10, 2023

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but it's also one of the most challenging. From the moment we find out we're pregnant, we start to feel the weight of responsibility on our shoulders. We want to do everything right, be everything to everyone, and give our children the best life possible. But in the process, we often forget about ourselves and motherhood can start to take its toll on our own wellbeing.

One of the biggest challenges that moms face is "mom guilt". We feel guilty when we don't spend enough quality time with our children, guilty when we lose our temper, guilty when we have to work instead of being with them, guilty when we can't make it to every event, and guilty when we want to do something for ourselves without them. The list goes on and on. We constantly question ourselves, wondering if we're doing enough or if we're doing things right.

The truth is, no mom is perfect, and we all make mistakes. But we have to remind ourselves that we're doing the best we can with what we have. It's easy to get caught up in trying to be everything to everyone, but the reality is, that's just not sustainable. We have to prioritize our own needs and well-being too, so we can be the best version of ourselves for our children.

Just think about your own mother. At one point or another, she probably felt like she wasn't doing enough for you, but as a child did you ever feel that way? Growing up, I saw my mom work so hard for our family. I watched her go through good times and hard times, and through it all she made me feel loved and supported. I have always known that she will be there for me no matter what, and in my opinion that makes her the perfect mom.

It's okay to take a break and recharge our batteries. We're not superhumans, and we need rest, self-care, and support. We need to surround ourselves with people who lift us up and understand what we're going through. We need to let go of the idea of perfection and love ourselves in the same way we love our children - unconditionally. We need to remind ourselves that we're doing an amazing job, even if it doesn't always feel like it.

Moms, you're not alone in feeling "mom guilt". It's a natural part of motherhood, but it's important not to let it consume us. We're all trying to do our best, and that's what matters most. So, take a deep breath, give yourself a break, and know that you're doing an incredible job. Your children love you completely, regardless of your imperfections. They'll remember the love and effort you put into raising them, not the mistakes you made along the way.

Being a mom is a beautiful journey, full of ups and downs, laugher and tears, but it's all worth it in the end. So, keep going, keep loving, keep learning, and keep growing. You've got this!

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