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Mommy guilt is completely different than your good old normal guilt. Normal guilt can be a valuable emotion. You ate the last piece of chocolate cake without offering me some and you feel guilty about it? Good. You should.
Mommy guilt is a totally unnecessary emotion that consumes your heart and sucks it dry of all things happy. It isn’t hard wired into your brain until the exact moment you become a Mom. The emotional process of becoming a mother starts with the most amazing love you could ever imagine and, in the same 10 minutes, you wonder if eating too much caramel while pregnant is the reason your baby won’t sleep.
There are so many wonderful things about Mommy-hood but I could absolutely, positively do without the extreme guilt I feel for doing something as simple as taking a shower. My daughter cried once because I “never spend any time with her and I’m ALWAYS in the bathroom”. Talk about a shot to the heart but do my kids realize that I need to shave?! Let’s get something straight- I should NOT feel guilty about personal hygiene. It’s not like I’m in there getting my glam on. I literally jump in and out of the shower, brush my teeth and put my wet hair in a pony tail. That’s IT. So why do I feel guilty about it?!
While we are on the shower/bathroom topic- this is what my kids were doing while I showered today. Applying real makeup. I thought my daughter had a bruise on her forehead all day until I realized it was shimmering.
ANYWAY…There is nothing wrong with doing something for yourself.
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