Mom Guilt During the Holidays

Susie talks about the phenomenon of “mom guilt,” especially as it shows up in the holidays. She discusses the nuances of mom guilt and distinguishes it from regular guilt. Plus she uncovers its roots in patriarchal norms, and discusses strategies for addressing and overcoming this complex emotion.

  • What is mom guilt and how does it differ from regular guilt?
  • The unique pressure on mothers expected to be the primary caregivers and nurturers 
  • How mom guilt serves the patriarchy
  • How does mom guilt show up during the holiday season

Strategies for addressing mom guilt:
  1. Get organized
  2. Know your values
  3. Practice mindfulness and bodyfulness
  4. Get honest with yourself about what needs to stay and what needs to go
  5. You might have to say no and disappoint people
  6. You don’t need to be the maker of all the memories 

Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life by Christine Caldwell

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Mom Guilt During the Holidays
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