Has mama guilt always been a thing? I don't know, I'm only 24 years old.
We live in a unique time in history where we see everyone's best and none of their worst. Thanks, social media!
And I think we internalize that until we feel like we always have to measure up to that and any flaws or shortcomings need to be hidden because surely, we are some kind of anomaly - no one else is this terrible, right?
And we feel like somehow we are failing our kids because they deserve a mom as good as THAT mom.
But you know what? Your kids are not entitled to a perfect mom. Nobody is.
Nobody can live up to that. Not one woman out there. It's INSANE to feel guilty about it!
It's out of your control.
So just focus on what you CAN control:
You can feed your kids the best dinner you can put together with what you have right now. They will continue to grow.
You can pray for your kids. God listens.
You can color with them with broken crayons on the back of junk mail, and you know what? They will probably have just as much fun spending that time with you as if you had done the most engaging-sensory-montessori-inspired-handmade craft on Pinterest.
And you can stop feeling guilty, mama.