In one poll, 94 percent of moms admitted to experiencing mom guilt.
Last week, my 6-year-old Abby and I made a quick stop at the grocery store after school.
It isn’t our typical store. When we walked in the front door, I saw one of those kid-sized grocery carts off to the side.
Our usual grocery store doesn’t have them, but Abby absolutely loves pushing those little carts around.
It drives me crazy because I’m usually in a hurry, and the cart slows her down as she tries to maneuver it around the store.
Plus, she insists on putting all the groceries in the cart, and of course they won’t all fit.
But on this day, we weren’t in a hurry.
I smiled and pointed to the miniature cart. “Hey look, there’s a kid cart free. Wanna grab it?”
And Abby, my almost-7-year-old, looked up at me with a furrowed brow and narrowed eyes.
“What?” I asked.
“That’s for little kids,” she said.
Oh, I thought.
When did that happen? When did she get too old to push the kid cart around the grocery store?
All those times when I could have been smiling and enjoying the sight of my little girl pretending to be just like mom, pushing the grocery cart on her own.
Instead, I was in a hurry.
I was annoyed.
I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be.
In that moment of realizing what I’d missed out on, my eyes suddenly felt hot.
A Simple Trick to Banish Mom Guilt
When mom guilt strikes, I try not to let it get the best of me.
I use a simple trick to stop the mom guilt in its tracks. At the grocery store last week, I used that trick to get a handle on the guilt.
Today, I’m sharing my trick to banish mom guilt over at Messy Motherhood.
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