Mom guilt. It's a phrase I'd heard many times before I had a baby, but I never really understood it until I became a mom (one of the many, many things in this category). It pretty much comes with anything you do for yourself. It's starting to get better at 10.5 months postpartum, but I don't think it ever truly goes away, as becoming a parent instantly means that your life is no longer about you.
I've been thinking of the things that activate my mom guilt, and I thought it might be good to put together a list, not to remind myself of all the things I shouldn't be doing, but rather to remind myself that it is ok to do the things I need to do. We've all heard it a million times - you are a better mom if you take care of yourself. (I personally repeat this mantra in my head as I enjoy a well-deserved glass of pinot grigio after Molly goes to bed. That and "Wine makes it all better." Chant it with me - "I'm a better mom with wine." Wait...)
At any rate, here is my list. Feel free to add along. Heck, feel free to print it out, put it on your fridge, your bedroom mirror, your car dashboard, or your office desk. Whatever you do, remember that it is ok to be who you've always been and be a mom.
I AM NOT A BAD MOM WHEN I...
- go to the bathroom, and sit for more than 30 seconds.
- take a shower, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
- go to work and make money for my family.
- send my child to daycare.
- order take-out instead of cooking.
- sleep in and let someone else get up with the baby.
- enjoy a date night.
- enjoy a girls night...or weekend.
- make the decision to stop breastfeeding.
- take a nap.
- don't cry when I leave my baby's side.
- give my child some alone time.
- follow my head instead of my heart when it comes to important decisions.
- follow my heart instead of my head when it comes to important decisions.
- put a screaming baby down and take a minute to re-focus.
- sit and watch tv, read a book, craft, or zone out instead of cleaning the house while the baby naps.
- continue to do and appreciate the things that made me who I am before I had children.
- just need a break.