Parent guilt (especially mom guilt) is a common thing. I have been there.
When my kids were young, I felt guilty when they misbehaved because it was surely my fault. I felt guilty because everybody else seemed to have it together when I felt like a hot mess. I felt guilty when I allowed my kids to watch a show so I could get something done. The list goes on and on.
I have come a long way since then. While I still fall back into my old guilt-prone ways from time to time, guilt no longer runs my life, and that feels like freedom.
Today, we are diving into parent guilt in hopes of helping those who sometimes fall into that trap to break free.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Four common causes of parent guilt (owning problems that are not yours, perfectionism, unresolved self-image issues, and comparison/competition)
- Practical tips for recognizing and overcoming each cause of guilt
- Why guilt is not always a bad thing, and how to tell the difference between destructive guilt and guilt that can be a catalyst for positive change.
- How the “Not My Problem” rule can drastically reduce parent guilt while simultaneously helping your kids learn responsibility.
- Why it is vital to get a handle on your negative self-image issues for your sake and the sake of your kids
BOOKS WE REFERENCE:
- Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy, by Merrilee Boyack
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