Episode 42: When Mom Guilt Rears its Head with Alexis B.
EPISODE 42 THE PARENTING MENTOR: When Mom Guilt Rears its Head with Alexis B.
Alexis is struggling to let go of doing every single thing with her kids. She’s hired someone to pick them up from school, take them to the playground, and do activities with them--and yet she’s showing up beside the babysitter. If you are having trouble letting go, find yourself thinking that a good mom has to do it all, and are afflicted by the Mom Guilt monster, listen in to gain a new perspective, along with ways to talk to yourself and your kids about all of this.
Today, we talk about why the operations don’t define the mother. We discuss the real meaning of motherhood, noting that the moments where connections happen are more important than the day-to-day jobs we associate with parenthood. We talk about how to explain to your kids why backing away from things like driving them to school actually allows you to be more present with them at other times, and we tackle the Mom Guilt monster. I note that a mother is a mother no matter what, and that trying to do everything often means you can’t do anything well. We talk about the importance of modeling the normality of varying emotions and energy levels for your kids, and I note the need for patience, as any transition takes time.
“You’re still their mother, 100%, and you’re giving them what they need as their mother. And that doesn’t have to do with taking them places. I can promise you that.””
- Sue Groner
This week on The Parenting Mentor:
- The real meaning of motherhood
- The value of a schedule
- Why taking care of the operations isn’t what makes you a good mother
- Why you can’t do anything well when you’re trying to do everything yourself
- Normalizing asking for help and having varying emotions for your kids
- The importance of patience
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