Mum guilt is a feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt that many mothers experience regarding their parenting decisions or actions. It is a common phenomenon that can arise from various sources such as parenting choices, work-life balance, and personal time. Mums may feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children, not being present during important moments, or making choices that do not align with their own or others' expectations. Mum guilt can be triggered by societal or cultural expectations, comparisons with other mothers, or even by their own high standards for themselves. It is important to note that dad guilt or parent guilt can also occur in fathers or other primary caregivers.
That’s why Qualified Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Andrew Chan for Delight Counselling, has put together six tips to help overcome Mum guilt.
Dealing with mum guilt can be a challenging process, but there are several strategies that can help:
Remember that it's important to take care of yourself in order to be the best parent you can be. By practising self-care and challenging negative thoughts, you can learn to manage mom guilt and enjoy your parenting journey.
If you're struggling as a mum and need professional help, there are several steps you can take:
Remember that seeking professional help is a sign of strength, not weakness. As a mum, it's important to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being so that you can be the best parent possible for your children.
Thank you for the guest post Andrew.
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