Are you dealing with parental guilt?
I adore being a parent. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. I’m always questioning myself about whether I did the right thing or if I was present enough that day.
Although I like to think that the fact that I questioned if I did the right thing shows that I’m doing my best. And that’s really the only thing we parents can do.
We try to make the best decision we can, at that moment in time, with the information we have access to.
So, what is mum guilt?
If you’ve never heard of the term, it’s used to describe when a parent feels guilty about a choice they’ve made. It can relate to a choice about education, parenting style, or even a career option.
And it doesn’t just apply to being a mum. Parental guilt comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can affect any parent or guardian. I don’t know about you, but as a parent, I feel this way pretty often. Even if I shouldn’t, even if there’s no real reason.
My child might have had the best day ever, and I might still worry about whether I was present enough that day. From speaking with other friends who are parents, I know that I’m not alone in that feeling.