Being a stay-at-home mom makes me feel self-conscious. How can I value myself more?
Mom guilt: it’s a dreaded concept, and an unfortunate reality for most mothers. No matter what choices they’ve made regarding raising children and investing in their careers, women feel guilty. There seems to be no right answer, and there is definitely no perfect choice.
In today’s video, Leslie tackles the mom guilt monster and discusses ways for mothers to start feeling more secure in their decisions.
You’re feeling immense pressure because you’re the only mom your kids have, and you’re trying to be fully present for them–but you’re trapped in this guilt. In contrast, moms who work feel guilty for working. It’s like a catch-22.
If you’re a stay-at-home mom who’s struggling with guilt–perhaps you feel like you should be helping to support the family financially, or maybe you feel like you’re inadequate in comparison to your working friends–you have to allow yourself to become secure with your choices.
Or if you’re a working mom and having a job outside the home is what’s best for your family, we urge you to shed that guilt and be secure in the choices you’ve made for your family.
Being a mom is the hardest job, and it’s so easy to pressure yourself because no matter what, moms universally want to do the best they can at raising their kids.
Are you deeply fulfilled by the choices you’ve made as a mother? If you can honestly answer that you are, then work to feel confident in those choices. You’re living out your values and leaving a legacy for your children.
Moms, have you struggled with guilt? How did you overcome it? Was your spouse supportive of your decisions? We would love to read your stories.