With summer upon us, kids out of school, and trying to manage the demands of home life and work life, “mom guilt” can start to amplify. Most of us feel the weight of mom guilt throughout the entire year, particularly at the times for many moms when our children highlight the ways we are not fully present, their upset about us missing an important event, or telling us they want to spend more time together, or in those moments when we finally have a break for ourselves and we feel the weight that we must be doing something productive. Mom guilt in the summer can be even louder than other times in the year as there is the usual pressures of the juggling act between work and home life, along with coordinating camps and/or care, and the weight many moms feel to create lasting childhood summer memories. With these added responsibilities we feel, it can lead to increase in anxiety, and feeling burnout. I have had those summers in the past particularly during the summers of covid, when I felt completely run down by August, thinking to myself I thought summer was supposed to be the time to recharge, not burnout. With these moments in time, I tap into what I know and what I have learned along the journey thus far, and pivot to see how I can support myself differently. Please find below 4 possible ways you can cope with summer mom guilt and support yourself to have a more fulfilling summer:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.