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Mom Guilt

The Unspoken Effect of a High-Risk Pregnancy

Parijat Deshpande | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Parijat Deshpande

You feel like it's all your fault. You feel like your body is failing. So that means you are failing. The reality is, a high-risk pregnancy can happen to anyone. At any time. You didn't do anything wrong. You didn't cause this and you certainly aren't failing.

How to Banish Mom Guilt This Holiday Season

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.13.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

You'll never believe what I'm doing this holiday season. I'm leaving my kids. Not entirely and not without first ensuring their proper care and happiness, of course. While my three kids and their father share a turkey and quality time with my husband's parents, I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving by sipping mint tea in Marrakech with an old friend who is also leaving her children to take this trip.

What It's Really Like When The Kids Are At Their Dad's

Kathleen Gordon | Posted 11.03.2015 | Divorce
Kathleen Gordon

For my kids, being the child of divorced parents isn't a tragedy, because the adults in their lives love them and want the best for them, which includes getting along with each other. My children are thriving, and so am I.

Mom Judging Myself: The Dilemma of the Stay-at-Home-Mom

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Melissa Silverstein

My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and her mom was a stay-at-home mom. This is one legacy I don't want my daughter to carry on -- I want more for her than that. At 10, I remember thinking, I want to be just like my mom, except I want to have a life. Yet here I am.

Advice to Mothers Who Feel Trapped in Their Role and Overwhelmed by the Gut Wrenching Guilt -- By a Son

Fabian Markl | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Fabian Markl

"If you identify with being a mother, this role you play will trap you and can cause you suffering when the child decides to leave you. Then you have ...

I Am Not That Mom

Stephanie Marsh | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Stephanie Marsh

I am not that mom who sits on the floor with you playing My Little Pony for hours. I am not the mom who builds entire towns on Minecraft. I have never learned to play Pokémon and I never (ever) will. I am well aware of my failure in this aspect of parenting.

Advice for Women Entrepreneurs

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

When we don't hide behind our personal obligations and actually face our fears, the growth that happens is exhilarating. And whether we succeed or fail, we learn something about ourselves -- that we can make decisions as a leader and still be okay with our relationships with those around us.

How I Overcame Working Mom Guilt

Lantern | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents

Yes, I always left the office by six o'clock so that I could be home to hear about my kids' days, help with homework, and just hang out with them. But when they asked why they were the only ones who had a babysitter, rather than their mom picking them up from school, it killed me.

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Parenting, Goodnight Guilt: How To Be A Better Parent Than You Have Ever Been

Margaret Hession | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Margaret Hession

To somehow yoke the term parenting with the concept of an obstacle course of terrors seems somewhat frightening, and honestly an unlikely partnership of sorts. And yet, ironically, this description actually comes close to describing the profound mystery of parenting Americans are faced almost every day.

3 Ways to Be an Awesome Mom (Plus Have Fun at It)

Natasha R. Smith | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Natasha R. Smith

I kept thinking that once I got ONE more thing off my list, I'd have more time to spend with my boy. WRONG. All it brought me was guilt. Besides, I wasn't being that productive any way. How could I be? Trying to work while ignoring my precious boy's pleads for attention? Impossible.

Working Moms Inside Out: Guilt Gone Wild

Alyssa Westring, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Women
Alyssa Westring, Ph.D.

The central message of Inside Out is that all emotions serve important functions in our lives, even those that we would prefer not to experience. So, what role is guilt playing in the lives of working mothers? And how can we use that knowledge to help manage it?

Hanging Up the Cape: Letting Go of the Superwoman Role

Janet M. Neal | Posted 07.09.2015 | Women
Janet M. Neal

As a reformed Superwoman, I am living proof that not only is this Superwoman model an unsustainable one, but one that can only lead to burnout, frustration and mountains of guilt. It's time for a new model.

You May Not Be Able to Have It All But You Can Have Alot - And That's Okay....

Linda Lightman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Women
Linda Lightman

I love my work and feel incredibly lucky to do what I do every day. I started Linda's Stuff in my kitchen and today, 15 years in, I'm sitting in a 93,000 sq. ft. warehouse pinching myself.

I Missed the Memo on Mom Guilt

Julia Bensfield | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Julia Bensfield

Mom guilt (also known as #momguilt) is a thing. It's the feeling a mother, or any parent, gets when something happens to her child and she blames herself, whether or not the blame is warranted.

Enough With Being A Stressed-Out Parent

The Mid | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
The Mid

Sometimes the most important part of the day is making sure you move slowly enough that you don't lose the little things. They can be awfully hard to find again.

Judgy-Wudgy Was a Mom

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Eileen O'Connor

When I first started having kids, I wanted to be perfect. I wanted my little angels to be well-dressed and well-behaved. I wanted my house to be clean. I wanted them to eat healthy. Somewhere around my third child, I realized there's no such thing as perfect. I'm a slow learner.

New Study Says A Working Mom Is A Plus for Kids

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The findings don't surprise me. If parents are role models, then these are the sort of effects you would expect to see in the children of parents who work.

3 Ways to Take Care of YOURSELF This Mothers' Day

Janice Windt | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Janice Windt

I have recently had the privilege of interviewing moms from all over the world, and have been absolutely blown away by the stories they have to share.

Mom Guilt Is a B*tch

Elisha Wilson Beach | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Elisha Wilson Beach

Once Mom Guilt got comfortable, she started interjecting with her opinions and advice all the time.

Guilty Volunteer, Please Put Your Hand Down

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Lisa Earle McLeod

Guilt may induce you to sign up for a thankless task, but it quickly loses its motivational power as the job wears on. If you're going to volunteer, don't simply respond to somebody else's desperate plea for help. Think about how you can create a meaningful experience for yourself.

5 Reasons To Look Forward To A 'Work Week'

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

My bosses do not draw with markers on their bodies or the wall. This is great news for many reasons, but mainly because it means that I will not be asked to scrub faces, arms or walls to remove marker for the majority of the week.

Dear Daughter, Here's Why I Hope You Have The Choice to Work Or Stay Home

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

What I hope for you most of all is that by the time you are a mom, we have all moved to a place where moms and dads both have the support they need to make the decision that is best for their families.

To The Parents Who Don't Feel Like They Can Get It All Done

Liz Curtis Faria | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Liz Curtis Faria

Sometime during the day, in the middle of the things that did and didn't happen, your breath caught in your throat (for an instant) as you watched your baby (no matter how old your "baby" might be, now) from across the room. He is the best thing you've ever seen.

9 Parenting Responsibilities You Can Start Outsourcing Tomorrow

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Katherine Wintsch

What's so wrong with outsourcing? Perhaps it's the future of parenting. Let go of the guilt and let someone else help.

Why Alone Time For You Is Good For Your Kids

Cheryl Elizabeth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Cheryl Elizabeth

If my kids never saw me take time to refuel and rest, often through pursuing my hobbies and passions, would they grow up thinking they always have to be working, serving and doing?