Thursday, June 3, 2010


Guilt. We all have it. Men, Women even children, no one is exempt. defines Guilt as “a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.” It’s that last part of the definition that speaks to me, that I suspect plagues parents the most; the imagined wrongs that we carry around with us. The feeling that we are letting down or even failing our children or our families.

  • I feel guilt because I work full-time; I spend 9 out of every 10 work days away from my son.
  • I feel guilt because I like working.
  • I feel guilt that I’m thinking about blogging when I should be thinking about working.
  • I feel guilt that I haven’t planned dinner for this evening and I’m worried that the meal won’t be as nutritious and healthy as it should be.
  • I feel guilt that sometimes I just want to be alone; No hubs, No boy just me, a hot bath and a book.
  • I feel guilt that sometimes I’m too soft on the boy.
  • I feel guilt that sometimes I’m too hard on the boy.
  • I feel guilt that I was cranky last night and didn’t fully embrace my evening alone with the boy.
  • I feel guilt that my own dietary restrictions affect the boys food choices.
  • I feel guilt that I buy the boy too much and worry that he will become materialistic.
  • I feel guilt that I can’t provide my cats with the level of love and attention they were used to before the arrival of the boy.

 I could keep going, but really there is no need. You’re a parent too (I assume) and you have guilt too.

I know most of these things are just the struggles of parenthood, of the challenges we face as adults living our lives. I do my best not to let these feelings run my life or overtake my perspective. In fact, I’m a bit of an eternal optimist; my glass is always half full. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel guilt or that I don’t give in to it sometimes, it just means I don’t let guilt guide my life or the direction it takes. 
  • I am strong.
  • I know that I am giving all that I have to be the best parent I can be.
  • I know that the boy feels the love that I have for him.
  • I know that my intentions are always good, even if the outcome is less than ideal.
  • I know that there is nothing more important than family.
  • I know that despite the fact that sometimes it’s a bumpy ride, I am on the right road for me.
  • I know that guilt is only one emotion of many and I can’t allow it to overshadow the others.
  • I know my life is full of love and laughter.
  • I know that negativity benefits no one.
  • I embrace my life and I know that every experience and every struggle is just another step in my journey.

Do you struggle with guilt? Or do you have another emotion that occasionally gets the best of you? How do you keep yourself from giving in to the negativity?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! It's great to meet you! I can totally relate to this post, as I too often suffer from guilt, as we all do. It's so interesting reading yours because we both feel guilty about the same things, only on different ends of the spectrum. For example, I feel guilty because I don't have a job other than homemaker, and sometimes I feel guilty not bringing in any money. But like you, I'm an optimist too. So hang in there, you're doing fine! :-)


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