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The Hats Podcast

Aug 16, 2023

Welcome to the Focus on the Family Series! In the next few episodes, we will explore the ins and outs of family life - how they start, how they grow, what shape they take, etc. The notion of the nuclear family is so yesterday! Listen to each episode and see which elements of family resonate with you, which could not be more different, and which spark some intrigue! This week: mom guilt.

Moms want to do it all - bake cupcakes for the bake sale, attend every performance, comfort sick kids, be a good wife/sister/friend/employee [INSERT ANY OTHER HAT YOU MAY WEAR!], etc. And, we want to do all of these things optimally and executed with perfection. But, when one of our non-mom responsibilities interferes with our ability to be the mom we want, mom guilt - a uniquely painful type of guilt - can sometimes creep in. In this episode, co-hosts Melissa and Kerri answer these questions and more:

  • What is mom-guilt and how common is mom guilt among parents?
  • Mom guilt can manifest differently in different stages of parenting. How does it evolve over time?
  • Parenting styles and societal expectations can influence mom guilt. How can mothers navigate these external pressures while staying true to their values and parenting choices?
  • What are some practical strategies or coping mechanisms for mothers to address and manage feelings of guilt, especially when balancing work, family, and personal life?

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