We’ve all experienced mom-guilt at some point. We don’t have to let it be part of our lives though. We can let it go, move on, press forward. Your thoughts aren’t always yours, they definitely aren’t you, and a lot of the time they aren’t even true.
In this episode I’m talking about letting go of mom-guilt. Where does mom-guilt come from? How can we let it go?
Mom-guilt comes from limiting beliefs that we aren’t doing a good job, or that we could have possibly done things differently.
The truth: You are exactly the right mom for your kids. You are meant for them and they are meant for you. Everything you’ve been through has led to you being the perfect mom for them.
Don’t let yourself skew your rear view mirror – don’t magnify the negative experiences and bad choices while minimizing all the good stuff, all the great choices you’ve made. Everything you need is inside of you.
My hardest experience with mom-guilt happened while breastfeeding my second son. Read more about that here along with Everything I Know About Breastfeeding.
Everyone is doing the best they can with what they’ve got – including you!
If you want to do better, give yourself grace while you grow. Keep growing and soon you’ll bloom, my beautiful friend.
Guilt and Shame don’t belong to you. Don’t give them space in your life. They are parasitic, they want to take what isn’t theirs, what belongs to you. Kick them out of your mind before they get comfortable.
Let it be a lesson. Let every negative experience lead you to making a better choice next time.
- What is really important in your life? Get a view of the bigger picture. What do you really want for your kids’ childhood? What is your life goal? Journal this out, keep it close, remember what you’ve already learned so you don’t have to learn it again.
2. Start paying attention to what’s triggering you. Where are things coming up for you repeatedly? Identify your concerns and what’s making you have these negative emotions and limiting beliefs about how you’re mothering your kids.
3. Practice stress release. Breathe in peace, breathe out stress. Visualize the stress and guilt being pushed away from you. Affirm the truth and tell yourself “this stress does not belong to me. I am a calm and patient mom. I am doing the best I can.”
Your purpose is not to have the cleanest house. Your purpose is not to make the best dinners. Your purpose is not to have perfectly behaved children. Your purpose is not to arrive on time to everything.
Your purpose is so much bigger than all the little things.
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