As much as I hate to admit it, I suffer from mommy guilt. There are several reasons for this, and I probably shouldn’t feel bad but I often do. Is it normal to feel that you aren’t always being the best parent? I assume it is, but it will make me feel better if others come and actually TELL me it is!
The biggest thing that gives me mommy guilt is working from home. You would think that getting to stay home with my son would make me feel awesome – and it does, most of the time. Every now and then, however, I feel the negatives of the situations.
I sometimes feel like I work too much, which means less time spent with the kiddo. When I try to sneak in work during the day, I feel guilty that I am not giving him the attention he deserves – though he gets tons…from me, his daddy, and his grandparents (he’s the only grandchild).
I also feel guilty that he isn’t getting the social interactions that he needs. He’s 2 1/2 and there aren’t any local play groups or anything like that for him to attend. He doesn’t get much time with kids his age, with the exception of his 3 year old cousin he sees maybe once a month. James and I have discussed day care numerous times, but we want to wait until he’s old enough for preschool (and we are more financially able to pay for someone to watch our kid).
The kiddo is a very picky eater, and I feel like I fail as a mom every time he shoves away a plate after eating no more than 3 bites. He has to be hungry since he does this during at least two meals each day! When he does eat, it seems like it’s the same 2-4 foods every time.
I need to find more foods that he will eat, or create some recipes that he will eat that hide meat and veggies. That’s the foods he hates the most, but he needs those nutrients. I know picky eating is probably just a phase though – and it’s one I am DEFINITELY ready to be over!
We can never be a perfect parent, but do you ever feel a little guilty about that fact?