5 Ways to Overcome Mom Guilt

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Being a mom is a wonderful, fulfilling experience that can bring immense joy and purpose to your life. But as a mom, you may also experience a common and persistent feeling called “mom guilt.” 

Mom guilt can be described as the feeling of inadequacy, self-doubt, and anxiety that many mothers experience in relation to their parenting decisions.

Mom guilt can come from many different sources. You may feel guilty for going back to work after having a baby, or for not being able to spend as much time with your child as you would like. You may feel guilty for not breastfeeding, or for feeding your child fast food. You may feel guilty for losing your temper with your child, or for not being able to provide them with the latest toys or gadgets. Whatever the cause of your mom guilt, it can be a difficult and exhausting feeling to deal with.

The good news is that mom guilt is not inevitable, and there are ways to overcome it. Here are some tips for overcoming mom guilt:

1. Identify the source of your guilt

The first step in overcoming mom guilt is to identify the source of your guilt. Ask yourself why you are feeling guilty, and try to pinpoint the exact reason behind your feelings. Sometimes, mom guilt can be a symptom of something deeper, such as anxiety or depression. If you feel like your guilt is overwhelming or interfering with your daily life, it may be helpful to speak with a mental health professional.

2. Reframe your thinking

Once you’ve identified the source of your guilt, try to reframe your thinking. Instead of focusing on what you are doing wrong, try to focus on what you are doing right. For example, if you are feeling guilty about not spending enough time with your child, try to focus on the quality of the time you do spend together, rather than the quantity.

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3. Practice self-care

Self-care is an essential part of overcoming mom guilt. Make time for yourself to do things that make you happy and relaxed, such as taking a bubble bath or going for a walk. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of your children.

4. Seek support

It can be helpful to talk to other moms who are going through similar experiences. Join a mom’s group, attend parenting classes, or talk to your friends who are also moms. Having a support system can make a big difference in overcoming mom guilt.

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5. Let go of perfection

Finally, it’s important to let go of the idea of perfection. There is no such thing as a perfect mom, and striving for perfection will only lead to more guilt and stress. Instead, focus on doing the best you can in each moment, and remember that your love and effort are what truly matter.

In conclusion, mom guilt is a common feeling that many mothers experience, but it is not inevitable. By identifying the source of your guilt, reframing your thinking, practicing self-care, seeking support, and letting go of perfection, you can overcome mom guilt and enjoy the wonderful experience of being a mom.


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A Little About Amanda Ellis: Since 2009, I’ve documented the magic of motherhood with a modern, vibrant, and dramatic style. Inspired by the Renaissance masters and black-and-white photography, I craft each portrait with intentionality and care. You won’t catch me telling you to “just be natural” while I click away wildly. I’ve carefully studied the art of posing, and I’ll position you to perfection down to the way you rest your hands and hold your mouth. I’ll even teach you how to breathe in a way that floods your pregnancy-laden posture with strength and power. Basically, I leave nothing to chance in my pursuit to bring you the portraits of your dreams!

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