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Mom Guilt

The Disappointing Moments of Parenthood

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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

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.