Do you ever feel that you’re not doing enough? Occasionally, I experience “mom guilt” when I have to leave and go to work. I don’t even have a traditional 9 to 5. I usually am gone for a few hours at the most. But sometimes I wonder if my kids would be better off with more “Mom Time”. Or I have to rush off with dinner not finished. Or more times than not, dinner is still cooking in the oven and I won’t get to eat mine until 8 or 9 PM. This is an issue that I struggle with off and on. I bet I’m not alone in this this. Am I missing out on valuable time with my kids and husband? Yes, but in the grand scheme of the day; I have to remember that:
I homeschool my kids
I spend most of the day with them. I get more time with my children than many parents do. I need to keep that in perspective. You could say that this is part of their education. And we all know that most of what children learn is caught rather than taught. They are witnessing (in real time) the importance of prioritizing, time management and organizational skills. Granted, there are many days that I feel I am still learning how to parent/adult… but aren’t we all. It’s a process. My kids see what it means to do hard things. Sometimes we have to do what is hard and not what is fun. It’s called being responsible. We need to give ourselves a break.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Pet. 1:3
But take heart, the Word of God has given us some great encouragemtent. Let us remember these words when we are feeling discouraged. God knew what we would be going through. He has already equipped us with everything that we need AND he has promised us a Helper.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Ro.8:26
God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us EVERYTHING we need. We got this!
Tell me do you ever have feelings of “mom guilt”? What do you do to combat these erroneous thoughts? I’d love for you to share so we can encourage one another.