Have you ever had mom guilt for going on vacation?
If you have, you are definitely not alone. I would venture to say that almost 100% of moms have experienced mom guilt at some point.
And that number probably hovers around the same when we, moms, decide to indulge in some much needed self care and go on vacation.
I remember the first time my husband and I went on vacation and left my son with his grandparents. We were flying to San Francisco for a few days to go to a friend’s wedding and sightsee.
Dr. Becky often says that two things are true. And that was certainly true in my case.
I was very much ready to have some self care as a working mom. A chance to travel uninhibited with my husband and hang out with other adults without worrying about nap and feeding schedules.
But I also had mom guilt.
Mom guilt for leaving my son. How would he do without me?
Working mom guilt. I just started back to work full-time. I felt bad for not spending enough time with him.
Mom guilt for going on vacation. Why did I deserve a break? Many moms don’t get this chance to get up and leave like this.
Breastfeeding mom guilt. Would I be able to pump? Did I leave enough of a supply for my son? Would he take a bottle?
My son is now three years old, and I have taken more trips and weekend getaways since.
My mom guilt still creeps up every now and then, but I have developed some game-changing steps on how to overcome mom guilt for going on vacation.
Now, I can take trips that leave me feeling relaxed, rested, and recharged. Just as they should be.
What is Mom Guilt?
Lauren Barrett is a multi-passionate mom working to help all parents become their best selves and build positive relationships with their kids through mindful parenting. She has a degree in deaf education and a Master’s in Reading Education. She is a high school teacher of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing by day, a cross country coach by the afternoon, a writer/author by her son's nap times, and a full time mom to an amazing toddler. Lauren is a 2x author of the Add One-A-Day 30 Day Challenge and children's book, Henry's Hiccups, a blogger at Lauren Barrett Writes, and has been published on sites like A Fine Parent, Pregnant Chicken, Pop Sugar, Her View From Home, and Scary Mommy. She loves her faith, running, visiting MLB stadiums with her husband, chocolate, scrapbooking, pretending she would actually do well on the Amazing Race, re-watching The Office, listening to Bobby Bones, and helping out all moms. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, James, and son, Henry. Follow her on Instagram and get her free parenting checklists.