In the quiet of the night after the children have been tucked in and drifted off to sleep, the guilty accusations start filling her mind. “I really let the kids down today. I should have played outside when my son asked instead of finishing that project. When my daughter asked for help, I told her I was too busy getting dinner ready. When they asked for one more story, you told them you were too tired. Only a couple extra minutes here and there would’ve been ok. Am I a bad mom?” If these thoughts sound similar, you could be dealing with mom guilt and it may take some guilt therapy through adult counseling for you to realize what an awesome parent you are.
Healthline defines mom guilt as “that pervasive feeling of not doing enough as a parent, not doing things right, or making decisions that may ‘mess up’ your kids in the long run.” Stay-at-home moms get the famous “What do you even do all day?” question while working moms get “How can you leave your kids all day?” question. As a mom, it is innate to do whatever you need to do to provide for your family. However, if you are struggling with mom guilt, there are ways to overcome this nagging feeling through counseling and family therapy.
If you are feeling guilty because you said no to your child, was unable to buy them something they wanted, or maybe you feel as though your work schedule doesn’t allow your child to have the time with you they deserve, contact Garrett Counseling today and see how guilt therapy can help you. Click here to request an appointment, or call (256) 239-5662 for today!