The 3 Step Secret Weapon Against Mommy Guilt

By April 2, 2012 Get Inspired 37 Comments

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Mom guilt is universal. And 95% of the time, the things we feel guilty about aren’t even things that are particularly important to us. But since it’s a “good idea” we add it to the heavy weight of guilt we carry around.

For example:

  • It’s a good idea to clean my baseboards weekly.
  • It’s a good idea to wash, fold and put away your laundry each day.
  • It’s a good idea to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Its a good idea to eat all organic food.
  • Its a good idea to get 30 minutes of exercise each day.
  • It’s a good idea to only let your kids watch 30 minutes of tv a day.
  • It’s a good idea to make your own bread.
  • It’s a good idea to study your Bible every day for an hour.
  • It’s a good idea to sit ergonomically correct *every* time you use your computer.
  • It’s a good idea to build a bomb shelter in your backyard.

They’re all technically good ideas. But if we acted on every “good idea” we’d ever heard, we’d go insane.

And yet we’re making ourselves go insane by NOT acting on those ideas.

The Secret Weapon?

Let me ask you a question: When you go on vacation you don’t pack up your whole house, right? If you did that, you’d never go on vacation. Too much work.

Instead, you choose the most important things and pack them in a small bag.

Thats what we need to do with guilt. We don’t have to carry the whole house with us. Its overwhelming.

The 3 Steps

1. Pick – Pick one area of Motherhood to work on.
2. Plan – Make a plan to work on it. Set a timeline.
3. Move on – When you’ve reached your goal, pick something else.

As much as we want to be superwomen, the reality is that we are not. We are mere mortals who can only do one thing at a time.

To carry the weight of the world is both pointless and paralyzing. Lay it down, my friends. Pick up your one thing and discover how fast you can run, when you run guilt free.

What is the one thing you want to focus on now? OR What is one thing you need to lay down? Click here to join the discussion.

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