All Mums feel it from time to time; that unpleasant muddle of emotions you get after you’ve shouted at your child, turned up late when picking them up from school or left them with someone else when you’ve gone to work. Other mothers cast their judgements and that feeling of “Mummy Guilt” just doesn’t seem to stop. A private nursery in Hertfordshire has put together the following advice to help Mummies combat that all too familiar feeling of guilt.
First and foremost, try and put your emotions and experiences into perspective. If they’re not careful, parents can get themselves into a pit of endless worry about each and every little thing that happens on a daily basis. This is just a sign of how much we love our children and want to protect them. Don’t lose sight of that and always remember that you’re doing the best you can.
Don’t punish yourself for having some “me time” every once in a while. All parents need it to recharge their batteries and keep on going, even when times are tough. It’s important to schedule in some leisure time, even if it’s as simple as a bubble bath or reading a book, or something fancier like a spa weekend; whatever works for you to help you unwind. Taking time out like that will help you face the challenges of parenthood with a smile, rather than feeling anxious all the time.
If you feel like you’ve neglected your child a little bit over the past couple of days because you’ve been so busy with work, don’t beat yourself up about it. Sometimes these things can’t be helped and as soon as you give them some time and affection again, they will have forgotten that you’ve been distant for a couple of days.
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