Shaking the Mommy Guilt
I’m sitting on an airplane on my way to a conference and I’m feeling just a tad guilty for leaving my kiddos behind. Yes, they are in good hands - with a private tutor/nanny during the day and Daddy in the evenings, in fact - but as a homeschooling mom who spends most every day with her babies, I’m feeling like I should be at home with them instead of away from them for the next three days.
Is this normal? I think so. As moms, we devote so much time and energy to caring for the needs of our babies that sometimes we forget that it's okay to do some things without them. Any time we step out of our role as “mommy” - whether it’s daily, as we trek off to work, or when we leave on a business trip every so often - we can’t help but feel like we should be back at home to laugh and snuggle with our kiddos, kiss away the booboos and wipe away the tears. But… At the end of the day, or the end of that short trip, we always go back home a little more aware of how empty our lives would be without our babies. Home to open arms and squeals of joy. So, I plan to shake off that mommy guilt before my plane even lands.
And, maybe I 'll even get a full night’s sleep when I’m away.