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Mom Guilt

To the Mom Who Thinks She's Not Enough

Jennifer Bly | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

I remember the first time I discovered I was pregnant. I looked in disbelief at the pregnancy test. The joy that I felt was immediately overcome by concern.

Pay It Forward, Waiting to Pay It Back

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.18.2015 | Good News
Nicole Jankowski

The latte was a gift, something to be appreciated. A simple reminder that kindness is palpable and comes in a red cardboard cup, with whipped cream on top. Sometimes we have to just accept help, just allow ourselves to be on the receiving end.

6 Truths About Motherhood

Mommy Nearest | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Isn't it amazing how it's possible to never have a minute alone and yet to be heart-achingly lonely at the same time?

Why Your Mommy Guilt Can Be Good For You

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
40 Percent and Rising

Guilt can be a big neon sign pointing to inner needs that aren't being met. It can also lead you to satisfaction and joy that comes from spending your time doing things you love and things that nourish you on all levels, including in your work.

The Single Worst Part of Becoming a Parent

The Next Family | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

I know that it's good for us to be apart. I know she thrives when socializing with other kids and developing relationships with family and close friends. But I feel horrible for abandoning her, and wonder if she internalizes it as "mama cares about something else more than me."

The Honeymoon: Mom's Guilt Trip

LaReine Chabut | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
LaReine Chabut

The best day ever was when I remarried last summer -- my two daughters and my husband's two sons were the entire wedding party. What followed was the anticipation of the best honeymoon ever to Bora Bora! I couldn't believe how euphoric I felt... until I hit "the glitch."

When You Are Hard-Wired for Guilt

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

As I sat down at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my iPhone, I noticed that my husband was busy unloading the dishwasher and re-organizing a cupboard. A wave of guilt washed over me. I'd slept later than he had by a good hour, yet I had no intention of getting up to help him.

The Disappointing Moments of Parenthood

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

We've all had those days. The kids are fighting. They don't appreciate the treat you gave them. They're rude. They forget their manners. Does it make them monsters or you a bad parent? Despite what many would say while wagging a finger, No. It does not.

The Side of Motherhood We Aren't Prepared to Discuss

Traci Bild | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Traci Bild

I treaded very lightly and explained that I was that mom at one time, but that I had found a way out of the daily grind. My passion and book, Get Your Girl Back, was to help their moms do the same.

It's Not A 'Mommy' Problem, It's A 'Guilty' Problem

Reem Kassis | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

It was only 10:00 a.m. on a Monday morning and I had already felt guilty more than 15 times. My guilt gene is not even particularly well-developed, but apparently it was still in my DNA.

What Normal Looks Like

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

For all of you mamas insisting your immaculate house is messy, and all of you normal mamas therefore afraid to have anyone come into your house ever, because that level of clean is just not achievable due to kids/time/dogs/life/constant art projects, let's set some guidelines.

Burdened With Guilt Over Past Parenting Mistakes

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

There is no way to undo the actions of your past. But if you do the work of mourning for what you and your children have lost, you will find yourself more available to fully enjoy the life you are living with your children now.

10 Ways That Pinterest Showed Me I Suck As a Person

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 01.10.2015 | HuffPost Home
Samantha Rodman PhD

Pinterest, you may look happy and colorful, but you are really a cold and heartless artistically-designed, birthday-cake fueled demon. You have taught me that I suck in areas of life that I didn't even know existed until I met you.

To The Furious Mom In The Target Parking Lot

Brain, Child | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Brain, Child

I see the fury in your eyes as I roll slowly past, looking for a parking spot. I see your rawness and it shocks me, not because I'm judging you, but because it's all too familiar, that look, that feeling. I've been there -- believe me.

The Meaning Of Motherhood In Two Knocks On The Door

Robyn Passante | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Robyn Passante

The beauty of motherhood is in the folds and creases of our lives, the grimaces and tantrums, the moments when we have to grit our teeth to get through, when we pound on windows and yell and scream and demand better of each other and ourselves.

Supermom DOES Exist. You'll Never Guess Who She Is.

Lauren Cormier | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

Much has been said about the Myth of the Supermom. That nonexistent female who does it all and looks good doing it. As moms, we hear about this woman, we know she's a myth, and yet we wonder... does she really exist?

5 Things A Stay-At-Home Mom Needs To Let Go

Jenifer DeMattia | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Jenifer DeMattia

All the images in my head of the mom I wanted to be screwed up my ability to BE the best mom I could be. That is the lesson.

Mom Guilt

Justine Solot | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Justine Solot

Why did I get so impatient when my 4-year-old treated the minivan like a jungle gym? I raise my voice too often. I tell them to hurry too much. I'm not a fun mom. I don't read enough with the baby.

Stop Trying To Make It Perfect; Make It Good Enough

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I step out in front of the full-length mirror and lather my entire body in cocoa butter lotion, staring at the unrecognizable shape in front of me. I find three small stretch marks underneath my belly button and feel guilty for even noticing.

10 Ways To Guarantee Your Kids Get Into Therapy

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

Well one child (in private) that he has always been your favorite and you love him more. Warn him if the others EVER found out, they would be devastated. Repeat with however many kids you have. Bonus: This will be the hot topic of the day at your funeral, when the beans are finally spilled.

How I Failed Another Mom

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

I wonder how she handled it. I wonder what she did when she was so exhausted that the cry of a newborn brought her to tears, too. I wonder how she handled those nights sitting in the dark rocking her child back to sleep and wondering what happened to her life.

Dear Mom Who's Trying to Do It All

Kate Hall | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Kate Hall

Stop trying to be perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop trying to meet everyone's expectations. You can't fix all your kids' problems and have all the answers. You can't heal all their wounds. Sometimes, you have to let things go.

I Feel Guilty... For Not Feeling Guilty

Lauren Stevens | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

This is where my guilt comes in; I feel guilty because I've not succumbed to the mom guilt surrounding many of the parenting decisions I've made. I love being a mother, but my world does not revolve around my child. T

The Mean Mommy Monster

Justine Solot | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Justine Solot

She appears harmless, hair pulled back in an unwashed ponytail, yoga pants and a t-shirt. You might notice she needs a pedicure, a pluck and a wash. Sometimes she can be mollified with successive cups of coffee or a couple extra hours of sleep, but other times there is no escaping her wrath.

What I'm Not Afraid to Say About Parenthood

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

People judge you if you don't confess undying love for parenting every single second of the day. But, here's the thing: It sucks. It consumes you. It takes away your life