Does It Make You A Better Mom If You Are Guilt-Ridden?
Created by Nandini Muralidharan Updated on May 31, 2021
When my baby was four months old, my husband and I went out for lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. With the grandparents showering the little one with love and attention, we had no cause for concern. Why, then, did I drive myself crazy with guilt? I didn't enjoy the outing, got on my husband's nerves by imagining all the worst things that could happen while we were away from home, and turned out to be just very bad company.
The constant feeling of guilt becomes a mother's companion once her baby comes along. And this affects not just a mom, but the stress passes on to the baby and the family, too. Read on to find out more about how to overcome this feeling of guilt.
Top New Mom Guilt Trips And How To Overcome Them
I can't take time off for myself:Every time you sit down to sip a cup of tea, or read a magazine, or take a long shower, do you feel yourself becoming tense? Do you feel like even in those 15 minutes you had to be "taking care" of your baby?
- Moms, please relax. Trust the grandparents or the nanny (who's proven to be trustworthy, of course) to keep your baby engaged for that time. Everybody is happier. You feel refreshed and not resentful
- Your baby, too, might just enjoy the company of someone else—the new ways in which this person will entertain the baby, the baby talk, their playful ways will be a refreshing change for the child, too
- The all-consuming breast milk versus formula milk guilt:We all know that breastmilk is the best source of all nutrients for a baby. For some reason, whether a personal choice or a medical necessity, if you choose to formula-feed your baby instead, please don't beat yourself up. Nobody has the right to judge you, and nor should you feel guilty
The career guilt:A lot of moms get back to work a few months after the birth of their babies. And, often, they are judged for it. There are so many labels that we are forced to fit into these days - working moms, stay-at-home moms and more.
- What we don't realize is that there is no one size that fits all. We make our choices and as long as they work for us, we go on
- So, if you've arranged good, reliable child care and you're getting back to work, do it without guilt
- Comparison:It's easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing – what they're feeding their little ones, what they are buying for them, what toys, which crèche – there's no end to it. And it only results in a constant worry if you are doing enough. Stop measuring your worth as a mother by these things, and voila, life is good
Relationship guilt:If we neglect our husbands, we feel guilty. If we spend some time with them, we feel guilty that we have neglected our babies.
- Moms, take a deep breath. A husband is a friend, lover, and confidante. Suddenly he has been pushed down to "that guy who also lives here" and he's obviously going to be hurt. Make time for him, he's the one who sticks with you through thick and thin
- The same goes for our friends. True friends understand that we are busy, and caught up in understanding the nuances of motherhood. So if you haven't returned that call immediately, stop stressing out. Send a text apology, and call at the first chance you get
- That said, don't take them for granted, ladies. If you don't work on your friendships, you won't realize when they gradually fade away
Motherhood is overwhelming, and can make everything else in our lives take a back seat. And as new mothers, we are allowed to get overwhelmed. It is how nature works and how we eventually figure out our rhythm. It is easy to be consumed by guilt, but remember that you owe it to yourself to be happy. When you cherish yourself, it becomes so much easier to work out that rhythm.
Are you a new mom who is constantly faced with feelings of guilt? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!
| Mar 28, 2016
Menaing of word guilt-Culpable of or responsible for a specified wrongdoing. Taking a break for few hours is not a wrongdoing. In fact, we will be better able to judge where we need to correct ourselves, there will be lesser frustration as we will break the monotony and also child will get a chance to develop a bond with other adults at home. Similarly, giving attention to the father of our child /children will only smoothen the relationship between couples thereby less of stress which again is a step towards happiness in family life. Being a working mom will only help us balance and get the maximum out of both the worlds which again will make us happier by breaking monotony and be financially stronger. I believe we mothers can never do anything which can be against the interest of our kids. Excellent write up! Keep up the good work!
| Mar 29, 2016
It's very true.. being a new mom... I felt the same ...While I'm in washroom,browsing the mobile or talking with my friend. Even I used to tell my hubby that our privacy is lost. .. can't enjoy with baby beside. Also I need to leave my baby to my mom and start to go to office. It's like a roller coaster ups and downs, mood swings and getting ourselves experiencing these... situations really unavoidable.
| Apr 08, 2016
Its very much true... being a mom 1st time, I had all the similar guilt mentioned out, and most of my friends are not even in touch with me any more... life has taken such a turn, dont even get time to spend with hubby. Thanks to this article, time to build some magic around ....
| May 30, 2016
This is absolutely true... I always feel m occupied and dont have time for myself.. D moment i feel now i can relax its either the baby calling or some guests or hosuehold work.. I get very frustrated end of the day... Need to except the things. This article completely relate nd time for some actions...
| Jan 22, 2017
it's very true i can't even bath ,eat by relax. i feel so satisfied and fearless about child safety when i m near with my baby and if i left her asleep and gone for household work means my heart beat raises and often feel like my baby has awaken and crying .frequently i used to go and check her in the middle of my works but she sleep quietly
| Jun 10, 2017
yes this is so true this guilt is so dominant which creates stress . Me too felt same .this dilemma of giving breast feeding and formula feed is so prominent. as at times alone natural feeding doesn't serve the purpose .But I think we have to be patient .Going back to work is bothering me day by day .That is also one of the priorities. Motherhood is very challenging phase of life .
| Feb 01, 2018
This iz one of the good articles I've seen in parentune. I feel bit relaxed on reading this post. I've felt guilty on so many circumstances. I would have gone for shopping with my husband, suddenly I would get Cal saying that baby is crying asking me.. then the guilty feeling would make me feel bad that I should have not left the baby. Now on reading this article, I feel bit ok that the baby takes time to adopt itself. thanks for the post.