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Mommy Guilt

What Makes You A #bettermother?

Jamie Jones Coleman | Posted 08.12.2016 | Parents
Jamie Jones Coleman

Nope, not a better mother than your neighbor, than your friend, or than the president of your local PTA...but what makes you the best mother you can be? Going even further than that... What makes you successful as a person? As a human being?

The Journey of an Aspie Mom

Tre Harrington | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

Things don't always go to plan. I learned that about a week after you came home. Since you were my third child, I had an idea or two of what to expect. Yet, you were nothing like the others.

Time for a Truce in the Mommy Wars

Carol Bryant | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Carol Bryant

Growing up in the 50's, I was told that girls were made of "sugar and spice and everything nice". Boys, on the other hand, were made of "snips and sna...

Surrendering to My Own Mediocrity: How I Finally Learned to Get Over My Mommy Guilt

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

Five. This is the number of hours that I see my daughter on a weekday. Maybe counting the hours makes me feel better that it's not four or three, but it's a small consolation compared to the massive amount of guilt I often feel.

Scenes From a Field Trip

Caroline Judge Mehta | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents
Caroline Judge Mehta

I hope that if Kian doesn't remember this field trip, he will recall a day when he was still little, and he fell asleep on the Metro, and his mom was there.

Why I Still Put My 8-Year-Old to Bed at Night

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

As mothers, sometimes we indulge our children even when we know it's not quite the proper thing to do. We all have our secret "thing" that we're usually too embarrassed to admit to others, and it's almost always based in love, though perhaps at times a complicated version of it.

Why I'm Not Enjoying this Time in My Life More

Jaye Watson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Parents
Jaye Watson

I have friends who work and friends who stay home. None of it's easy, but I have spent ten years trying to balance between my marriage and my career and my kids and I've decided that balance is a dirty word that exists to make us feel bad about ourselves. I do many things, none of them well.

Mom's Day Off: An Unscripted Daycation

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 08.09.2016 | Parents
Kristie Stumpf Rork

My children are ALWAYS with me -- ALWAYS. Not since a year ago, when my father was flown to a hospital in Central New York for emergency surgery, have I been away from my hubby and children for any more than a couple hours.

Stop Calling Skinny Moms Bad Moms Out of Jealousy

Hasna El Maroudi | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Hasna El Maroudi

If you were to believe some reactions, all women who become mothers are doomed to live the rest of their sad little lives, fat, hairy and exhausted. That is, if you're doing a "good" job. And apparently it is other moms who determine what "good" really is.

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

Linda Lightman | Posted 06.25.2016 | 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.

Guilt -- And What To Do About It

Danielle Vaughn | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Danielle Vaughn

Guilt can be a good deterrent, keeping us on a path we want to be on. Guilt teaches us. Guilt can also creep in like an unwanted house guest and linger, clouding our decisions and making us do things we don't want to do.

Why Your Mommy Guilt Can Be Good For You

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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."

Healing the Mother-Daughter Relationship: An Interview

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

Sadly, many mothers and daughters suffer from some kind of relationship conflict. With women's lives having changed dramatically since grandmother's day, mothers and daughters are struggling to understand the differences in their respective realities.

The Honeymoon: Mom's Guilt Trip

LaReine Chabut | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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."

Dear Mama of a Soon-To-Be 1-Year-Old

Annie Vovan | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Annie Vovan

As soon as they go to sleep, you sit with your iPhone looking at pictures of said baby, because you miss him or her already.

6 Tips I Use to Stop Feelings of Guilt and Reclaim Feelings of Joy as a Mom

Traci Bild | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Traci Bild

Something happens when you have kids, it's like this guilt trigger, which didn't exist before. It gets turned on and quickly goes into overdrive. The worst part is that the guilt is completely unfounded -- it's kind of like F.E.A.R. -- false evidence appearing real!

6 Tips to a Happier Holiday For Moms

Natalie Diaz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Natalie Diaz

Whether you forget to have a tiny screwdriver on hand or you forget to pick up the batteries at the store, make sure you have the miscellaneous odds and ends you need before this holiday gets started.

Walking In On Your Vulnerability: Second-Born Guilt

Katia Bishops | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Katia Bishops

My younger son came into this world two weeks ahead of time marking his path in life: not gonna wait. Not if I can help it.

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.

My Mommie Dearest Moment -- Minus the Clothes Hanger

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I didn't realize I had a lot was riding on this little family jaunt to Venice Beach right up until the moment we arrived and nobody wanted to be there.

Stop Capturing the Moment

Jacklyn Fetbroyt | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Jacklyn Fetbroyt

Have I gone overboard? I know for a fact that I'm not in the minority here, at least not among my peers, but is the incessant picture taking interfering with my actual interactions, thwarting my goal of "being present" with my children?

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!

Leaving My Kids for the Weekend Was Friggin' Hard

Dana Mark | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

Of course I missed my kids. I called them and emailed my mom for updates, relishing the few pictures she sent. I talked about them more than any of the childless girls there could probably tolerate. But I had a fantastic time.

Confessions Of A Girl Scout Cookie Mom

Amy Arndt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Amy Arndt

Now that I know the secret, I'm going to share it with you. Considering being a Cookie Mom? Grab a box of Do-Si-Dos and a glass of milk and sit down for a little lesson.