Can we talk for a minute about "mom guilt"?
Did social media create it or has it always been around?
EVERY. SINGLE. MOM. gets it. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a mixture of both mom...all moms get it, and quite frankly, it's not fair.
My "mom guilt" has been on high alert lately. It comes from not being able to see Stella in the mornings because I have to leave by seven to beat traffic. It comes from only having 1.5 hours with her after work because of her bedtime. It comes from having to use some of those 1.5 hours to exercise. It comes from feeling awful that sometimes I look forward to bedtime because I am exhausted from work.
It also comes from the days that I am on my own when Brad is traveling. I get to see her more, about an extra hour, but I also have to wake her up an hour earlier, rush her out the door with breakfast in a bowl and tell her goodbye at daycare before she's fully awake. Tears ensue.
It comes from picking her up and having no dinner planned, so McDonald's it is. Then hot dogs the next night. Oh, and lunchables? Yea, we've resorted to those in a pitch as well.
Is it self imposed? 90%.
Is it social media imposed? That's another 10%.
Is it imposed from others? I want to say no, but unintentionally, it is.
I think the best thing we can all do for each other is give each other grace, give ourselves grace and remember that social media is a highlight reel.
We are all doing the best that we can for our families and that is the most important.
Life is hard. "Mom-ing" is hard.
But at the end of the day, we only get one life and one shot, so let's enjoy the good, the bad, and the in between. Shall we?