There is almost no mom out there that hasn’t felt guilt around parenting. How often do you allow guilt to eat at you over the choices you make? Guilt is where you judge yourself for not being enough, not doing enough and not fitting in other people’s standards of what is good, right, correct and appropriate. There are plenty of “hot” issues that moms can judge themselves about: breastfeeding vs. the bottle, staying at home or returning to work, being a single parent or co-parent, “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” food and diet, being a “cool and calm” mom vs. a helicopter mom—just to name a few!
If we don’t consciously choose beyond guilt, we can risk spending our parenting days destroying ourselves by feeling bad and wrong rather than actually embracing us and our kids. How do you want to spend your life with your children? Stuck in judgment and guilt, or enjoying everything possible? This is the question I asked myself when I finally decided to stop the parenting guilt that was killing my happiness.