Most information out there that tells mothers something else we should be doing . . . like we don’t already know that. It helps to remember that real life is hectic and trying to do it all is impossible. We women try to do so much but never give ourselves any credit and or celebrate our efforts. Mothers, in particular, are way too hard on themselves. In fact every mother I know is infected with a dreaded disease called . . . maternal guilt.
Seven deadly maternal guilt symptoms include:
1. No matter how much we have done right, we always focus on what we’ve done wrong.
2. Taking blame for all our children’s poor choices.
3. Believing that we have the power to stop bad things from happening to our families.
4. Thinking we should be able to handle everything.
5. The inability to slow down, do less and learn the fine art of muddling.
6. Never feeling good enough, smart enough, thin enough, or attractive enough.
7. Placing our health and well-being on the bottom of our things-to-do list.
Remedies for Maternal Guilt:
Celebrate who you are right now at every stage and age of motherhood by awarding yourself with one of these mother school degrees:
A.O.A. Associates of Amateurism We earn this degree when we stop feeling sorry for ourselves.
B.O.B Bachelor of Blunders We earn this degree when we stop being SO hard on ourselves.
M.O.M. Masters of Muddling We earn this degree when we master the fine art of muddling.
D.O. H. Doctorate of Humility We earn this degree when we give ourselves permission to learn and grow from our mistakes just like our children do.
Instead of focusing on how your children turn out,