I am currently a working mom. I know I don't do everything perfectly, and sure, I probably should have remembered the end of the year presents for my son's teachers, but, well, I forgot. I also have a hard time keeping up with the house, with the meal planning, and I'm always feeling like I am falling behind on something. But, I don't feel guilty about these imperfections. I feel like I do the best I can, and we all make mistakes sometimes.
What I do feel, however, is a very strong desire to be spending more time with my children (21 mos and 4 years). For me, it is not "guilt," I don't feel like I'm doing the wrong thing, I know they are thriving with their babysitter and preschool for the older one, and I just really wish I had more time with them. I am constantly torn between wishing I could be home, but reluctant to leave my career.
People seem to really push the idea of "banishing," "ignoring," "eliminating," and "combating" mommy guilt. But I feel like for me, rather than mommy guilt, it is mommy desire, desire to be there more. And, I wouldn't want to banish that...
What does mommy guilt mean to you??