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The abiding feeling of motherhood is guilt. Love, too, for sure, but even the love feelings can be muddied with guilt

Sophie White


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“Mom Guilt: Why It Plagues Us and How to Fight It” or “A Surprising Root Of Mom Guilt, And 4 Ways To Overcome It.”

“Mom Guilt: Why It Plagues Us and How to Fight It” or “A Surprising Root Of Mom Guilt, And 4 Ways To Overcome It.”

“Mom Guilt: Why It Plagues Us and How to Fight It” or “A Surprising Root Of Mom Guilt, And 4 Ways To Overcome It.”

It’s 10pm and I am going through my customary bedtime routine. Not skincare or meditation or any of the other prescriptive methods of self-care we’re supposed to be doing to stave off the nihilism threatening to engulf us at all times. No, I am doing my nightly google, researching all the ways that I may or may not be f**king up my children for life.

I type in the little box “feel bad for…” and the ever intuitive Google fills in the rest with unnervingly accurate suggestions. “Feel bad for shouting at my five-year-old”; “feel bad for crying in front of my toddler”; “feel bad for not reading to my baby”. Feel bad, feel bad, feel bad. Yes, bedtime for me is hectic. I have a theory that the Google search bar is the mood ring of our 30s. A casual browse of my search history throws up a depressing insight into my prevailing frame of mind.


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