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Mom Guilt

I Feel Guilty... For Not Feeling Guilty

Lauren Stevens | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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

Why I Couldn't Have It All

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

When I tried to do it all, I cut corners everywhere. I made sacrifices with everything: my work, my kids, my marriage, my home. And I was miserable. Our crazy, hectic lifestyle wasn't working.

Why I Travel Without My Kids

Kiri Westby | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

Why isn't it OK to jump off and explore the world without my family? Why did I feel like I was abandoning my post? My partner leaves once or twice a year, for a week or two, and no one even remarks on it. It's culturally acceptable for him to leave.

The Day I Ran Out of Cookies

Gail Becker | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Gail Becker

This blog first appeared on Edelman.com. I stood in front my son's entire 5th grade class on his 11th birthday as 48 kids walked up to me one by one ...

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Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The truth is, while I rationally know that we have made the absolute best decision to send Claire to a developmental preschool, I still sometimes feel guilty that she's not home with me and Etta.

Twerking While Pregnant and Other Mommy-to-Be Musings

Julee Wilson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Julee Wilson

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and like many moms-to-be, I'm riddled with questions and mommy guilt. Am I doing this right? How will this affect the baby? Can I eat that? However, I've noticed that my list of worries is also deeply rooted in holding onto my pre-pregnancy self.

How Do I Explain to My Young Child That I Have to Travel?

Diana Grycan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

It is important to remember that to a young child, they are exclusively the center of their worlds. An understanding of how others factor into their worlds comes a bit later.

12 Confessions to Dispel the Myth of the Perfect Mother

Katie Morford | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Katie Morford

Perfection is impossible. And if you ask me, perfection is boring, inauthentic and exhausting. It oppresses and confines and has the potential for making others feel inadequate.

Child's Cavity Is Blight on My Parenting Record

Sarah Smiley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

Mothers don't like to talk about cavities because we view them as evidence of what we perceive to be bad parenting. How could we let those precious little baby teeth decay? Even the sound of the word -- "decay" -- makes us shudder.

Are You A BAD Mom, A GOOD Mom or Super Mom?

Regan Long | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

The truth of the matter is, the minute we stop comparing ourselves to the rest of the world and actually give ourselves a fighting chance, we become open enough to see ourselves for who we really are.

5 Ways for Moms to Feel Less Guilty About Making Time for Friends

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Having kids is not an excuse to not have friends; it's the reason why you do need friends!

Have We Taken the Common Sense Out of Parenting?

Kelli Catana | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Kelli Catana

I am a bad parent. And I am a good parent. I am your typical, average parent. I had four kids in five years and I'm pretty sure that was a bit insane for about three and a half of them. I am guilty of being bossy and I am guilty of shoving electronics into my children's hands if it buys me peace.

How This Working Mom Is Trying to Embrace Imperfection

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

I was having one of those working mom moments when you feel all conflicted and then get mad at yourself for feeling all conflicted because the men in the office certainly aren't and then you either go the rest room and cry for minute or pull yourself together and get on with your day.

This Is Me. This Is My Motherhood.

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement, but lately, I'm coming around to an idea that's revolutionary for me: This is it. This is me. This is my motherhood.

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Good Mom'?

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

I know my kids and I know myself and I'm doing what works best for all of us. It may not be everyone's parenting model, but it's ours.

Where's My Glow? When Pregnancy Sucks

Jenny Witte | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Jenny Witte

I wish I was one of those women who could walk around basking in the loveliness that can be pregnancy, glowing from within from the absolutely astonishing life-creating powers I possess, beaming with the pride of collective maternal contentment. But I'm not. And that's OK.

The Question I Ask Myself The Most As A Mom

Jessica Rassette | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

I have to believe that in the years to come my babies won't remember the times I said "wait" nearly as clear as the times I said nothing and sat to be with them. I have to believe that as long as I am scraping out every last part of me that I have to give to these children, like scraping out the guts of a pumpkin, and even if after all of the scraping it still doesn't feel like enough, I have to believe that if I'm really trying then it is enough.

I Was Raised By My Teenage Son

Cate Pane | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

Honestly, the day we brought our newborn across the threshold of our home, the angst began. I feared that I wouldn't be able to be the mother he deserved. I'm not just talking about the typical trepidation of a new mom. I'm talking terror. I knew nothing about being a mother.

I'm Guilty Of These 5 Parenting Mistakes (And You Probably Are Too)

Susannah Lewis | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I can only hope that the unconditional love that I possess for my precious offspring will keep them on the right path and make up for my countless mistakes.

Sometimes, I Hate Being A Mom

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Lammersen

I hate how my happiness is dependent on their happiness, and their happiness is dependent on mine. To be this intertwined with another, to carry the weight of this responsibility -- I cherish it, but I also hate it.

Vanquishing Mom Guilt, Again

MotherWoman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

Why can't a mom go on vacation, just like everybody else, simply for the sake of the vacation itself? And where were these beliefs coming from? No one in my family was saying, or even thinking, these things. I was putting it on myself, yes.

What I Learned From A Moment I Am Definitely Not Proud Of

Beth Rosen | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Beth Rosen

Did you ever have one of those mornings where, despite your best intentions, you screwed up and you are guilt-ridden the rest of the day? I recently had a day like that.

Let's Ditch The Mom Guilt Once And For All

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

You are mothering. You actually already are. So go ahead, let yourself off the hook. Dish up the ice cream at 10:00 p.m. and not the guilt.