“Levy has taken care of our son since he was 4 weeks old (he is now 2 yrs. old). We have never stopped thanking our good fortune to have found her and had her take such an active part in our son's development. She is a loving, happy, sweet, thoughtful, punctual, hardworking, and trustworthy person. She is not just his guardian who protects him while we are gone, she is his energetic playmate, stimulating teacher, gourmet chef, and best friend. I honestly believe it is under her influence that my son is such a happy, cheerful child. She understands how to teach a child respect for others and is able to provide discipline in a loving, nurturing manner. She has never called in sick and worked long, hard hours through rain, sleet, or snow cheerfully because she made our child her top priority. Others have commented to me on many occasions how lucky I was to have found her. Anyone who employs Levy and treats her with respect will NOT be disappointed. We will miss her terribly and are very worried we will never find a nanny as dedicated as she is. We hope she will be a part of our family forever. ”
Few emotions are as strong as mom guilt. The overwhelming responsibility that parents have for creating and raising healthy, happy, productive people; the virtual certainty that every parent will make mistakes sometimes and inadvertently hurt their kids as they seek to help and guide them; the difficult juggling act of attending to multiple kids, a spouse, a job, and oneself (in the knowledge that it's a given that one or more of those will feel neglected from time to time) . . . well, it's apparent why moms may feel guilt. Being a mom is a big job . . . balls will get dropped (note the certainty in the verb) . . . no one wants to fail, especially on a task as important as raising kids. How can a mom deal with her feelings of guilt and move forward effectively?
In sum, while mom guilt is normal, moms can and should find ways to release that guilt rather than live with it on an ongoing basis. Through reasoning, apology, corrective action, self-forgiveness, ignoring media hype, a strong social support system, solid priorities, a good babysitter, a sense of humor, and mindfulness of role modeling, moms can release their guilt and move forward with peace.
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