Motherhood is a challenging, yet rewarding journey that comes with a host of emotions, one of which is mother guilt. Many moms feel guilty about not being the perfect parent or not doing everything right for their kids. The feeling is often overwhelming and can affect their mental health, making it essential for moms to learn how to manage it more effectively, and notice it when it rears its ugly head.
No one is a perfect mom, and it's okay to make mistakes. It's vital to accept that you are human and are bound to make errors in parenting. It doesn't mean you're a bad mom. Instead of beating yourself up, accept that you're doing your best and remind yourself that your kids love you no matter what.
Spending quality time with your kids is crucial, even if it's just for a few minutes each day - do not force yourself to believe it is "wrong" not to spend every minute of the day with your little one. Be present in the moment, focus on your child, listen, and engage with them. By doing this, you'll make a lasting impression on them and create meaningful memories.
Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your children. You can't be the best version of yourself if you're not happy and healthy. Prioritize your self-care, whether it's by getting enough sleep, exercising or taking some time for yourself to do what you enjoy. By investing in yourself, you become a better mom and role model for your children.
Set Realistic Expectations
Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself as a mom will always leave you feeling guilty. Instead, set attainable goals that align with your lifestyle and schedule. Remember that it's okay, even integral, to ask for help and delegate some tasks to others if you are able to.
Define Your Priorities
It's easy to get lost in the chaos and demands of motherhood, making it essential to define your priorities. Focus on what's important to you and your family and let go of the rest. By doing this, you lessen the chances of feeling guilty. If you were living by a rule of accomplishing some things based on "would be nice" versus everything being a "necessary" task, how much might that lessen the pressure?
Motherhood can be isolating, making it vital to seek support from fellow moms, family, friends. You can also consider reaching out to a therapist, who can help you work through your feelings of guilt and to remind you that you're not alone.
Mom guilt is a common emotion that most moms experience, but it doesn't have to control your life.