Yesterday afternoon, my family dropped me off at the metro station near our house and I rode into DC for a 3-day Shot@Life Champions Summit. During the 10 minute drive to the metro station, we all listened to my youngest screaming, “Mom, you are NOT going anywhere!” “Mom, I don’t want you to go! Stay!”
Now, I haven’t been traveling much at all lately, so I really should be feeling guilty. But I’ve got to admit that leaving AJ while he was screaming for me to stay made me feel like a less than wonderful mom.
The evening’s amazingly inspiring and motivational sessions made me quickly forget my guilt. Until I went back up to my quiet, solitary hotel room and began thinking about my little boy (and the rest of the family) that I left behind for 3 days.
Why are moms so prone to guilt?
I decided to turn these feelings of mom guilt around and come up with a list of things moms should never feel guilty about…knowing full well that I have been guilty of most, if not all, of them at some point in my years as a mom.
10 things moms should not feel guilty about
- Not showering
- Making a less-than-gourmet dinner
- Having a less-than-clean house
- Going on a date with Dad
- Spending time alone
- Wishing they could spend time alone
- Wishing their kids would leave them alone
- Hiding all the good candy and snacks from the kids
And now…after a long, tiring day at Capitol Hill, I am going to watch some TV in bed. And wish I had some hidden candy to eat. Without guilt.
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