Episode 12: How to Keep Mom Guilt from Turning Into Mom Shame

Mom Guilt

In this episode of the Sweatpants Chronicles we’re talking about something that every parent deals with – guilt! Guilt, and even shame, are totally normal emotions but we don’t have to let guilt turn into shame. In Episode 5 we talked about the difference between the two. Guilt is, I DID something bad, whereas shame is, I AM something bad. During this episode we talk about some of our own “mom guilt” moments and outline just what you can do do keep your mom guilt from turning into mom shame! Here are the three steps we discuss: 

#1: Name it – Recognize the guilt for what it is.
#2: Apologize – If you decide that you made a mistake, take the time to make an honest apology to your child, your spouse etc. and most importantly yourself.
#3: Forgive – After you apologize, make the conscious decision to forgive yourself.

Weekly Obsessions

Cassidy: Since I have two little kids, I’ve had Halloween costumes on the brain the last couple of weeks! As I’ve planned what my kids costumes will be this year I’ve run across lots of articles surrounding the debate about Halloween costumes and cultural appropriation. One of the controversial costumes this year has been Moana. Specifically, whether or not having your white child dress as Moana is cultural appropriation. I’ve been trying to decide where I stand on this issue and I think I’ve finally come to a conclusion. For me, dressing up as an actual culture, is not appropriate. But if you dress up as person or an individual within that culture, then it is appropriate. I feel like I could talk about this issue forever, and have had lots of conversations about it with friends this week! It’s a tough issue and one that will probably keep evolving over time.

Tristi: This week I am obsessed with figuring out how to quit my soda habit! For a long time I’ve been a twice a day, 32 oz vanilla Coke, gal. It’s just my thing! But the past few weeks I’ve been up to three or four a day. Eek!  I tend to be an emotional eater, and lately I’ve been replacing snacks with soda. So now I’ve got to figure out what to drink instead of soda!

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