When did my Facebook feed become overtaken with articles with titles like this?
Stop. Just stop.
If it creates guilt … let’s just stop clicking on those articles, okay? (I’m talking to myself here.)
Then, what happens? Without the steady diet of contradictory, guilt-inducing parenting articles?
I must put down my phone. (I try anyway. Then, I shut off the notifications and put the thing on the charger in the farthest room from me and my children. Then, I try to shut it off on Sundays, too.)
Ops. See I just did it. Right up there in the previous sentence. Are you going to feel guilty now if you don’t shut of your phone on Sundays to “be a better mom”? No! You’re a good mom. The guilt is ruining it. Stop it!
For me, right now, this is the way to be a happy mom. To drop the guilt. To go and hunt down the source of the guilt and make. it. stop.
Emily P. Freeman said it so well:
“Might I suggest that you take the day off from the guilt and see if it changes anything? You may realize the space all that guilt was taking up in your soul is now free to embrace more moments than you thought possible.
You’re juggling plenty of balls in the air. Don’t let shame be one of them.
Drop the guilty, wilty worry over missing out on the little things or not living up to made up expectations you have in your head. Be fully present where you are with what you have and trust that God is big enough to fill in the gaps.”
145 Photo Burst on my Cell Phone – By Joslyn Age 2.5