‘It’s Impossible To Achieve Balance When You Have A Family’
As part of our #BREAKFREE campaign, blogger at The Honest Mum, Vicki Psarias explains why feeling guilty when you're a parent is totally futile...
Whenever I feel or indeed hear the dreaded ‘guilt’ word, or worse, ‘mum guilt’, I die a little inside.
Not because I don’t suffer from it (I just don’t let it eat me up) but because I wish we were at a place as women (and men) in 2019, where we were equally supported in both the workplace and in the home, to the extent where guilt is minimal or nonexistent.
I wish that competition over parenting ‘one upman (or woman) ship’ wasn’t apparent and that SAHM vs Working Mums vs Mumpreneurs etc… just wasn’t athing.
So why as women, are we so concerned with how others regard our choices, – and why do we allow these notions of what motherhood means to derail or discourage us on the path we choose/hope to follow.
You see, there are pros and cons to all ways of bringing up baby – and neither balance, nor a perfect life (despite what insta-sham tries to tell us) simply doesn’t exist.
Maternity leave, the first time round (second time was just three months long and rather wonderful) was tough for me. After suffering a traumatic birth, I felt as lost as can be, lower than low, directionless – ironic considering I was a TV director – lacking in strength and confidence, unsure of my future both in the workplace and emotionally… I knew I needed to get better, and also to find a different way of achieving a creative career that would work for my family and I.
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