Do you ever feel guilty?
Most parents… sod it, let’s drop the political correctness… most MOTHERS go through life in a permanent state of guilt.
I was in the supermarket the other day when I found myself eavesdropping on a conversation:
Mum 1: I feel so guilty that I don’t read more to my children at bedtime.
Mum 2: Tell me about it. I feel guilty about everything all the time.
Mum 1: It’s awful, isn’t it? All this guilt.
So what can we do about guilt?
Snap out of it? Be more selfish? Tell ourselves the world doesn’t (or shouldn’t) revolve around our little darlings?
Actually, no. That would make us feel even more guilty.
Parental guilt, surely, is one of the main reasons the human race has survived this long. It’s nature’s way of giving us a kick up the backside when we’re not doing things properly.
So here’s an idea for getting over guilt. Act upon it. Do whatever it is you’re not doing – or stop doing whatever it is you are doing – that’s making you feel guilty.
For that mum in the supermarket, all she needs to do is read more to her children at bedtime. Simple.
Coming soon… Henley Mum goes smugly on holiday