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How to Stop Mom Guilt Before It Starts

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Self-talk tips—especially for mothers who work

This episode’s question comes from a mom who knows she’s making the correct choice to start work—and wants to end unnecessary guilt. If you've ever felt guilty about your parenting, you probably told yourself the phrase, "I should..."

Carol and Anne share tips to move forward without “shoulding” yourself. Plus, listen for Anne’s intention that has always helped her find perfect child care for her family.

This week’s Parenting Practice

On a piece of paper, finish this statement 5 times: “I think I should…”

Write as fast as you can. Then step back and notice how many of your answers actually have validity. Do they help you or keep you stuck in guilt?

Make a commitment to stop the “shoulds.” Move forward with this intention: “If there’s anything I’m inspired to do differently, I’ll know.”

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