Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
How can you reduce your mommy guilt? Stop sweating the small stuff.
Of course, that means you have to identify what the small stuff is so that you know what you can still make a huge spectacle over.
Each mother will have her own definition of “the stuff” based upon life experiences and personality.
Here are some of what a lot of mommies think are “big” things that just might have some wiggle room.
- Dirt: a little dirt on stuff is not going to hurt. Drop a binky – rub it on your t-shirt.
- Germs: germs build up your immunity. But do wash your hands if you have poop or vomit on them.
- Propping a bottle: the hole in the bottle is tiny. I’m not saying to take off in the car and leave your kid to fend for herself. Keep an eye on your child to keep her from choking!
- Sterilizing everything: seriously, what is the obsession? My daughter only had thrush once. I’ve gotten her immunity up now.
- Picking food up off the floor and eating it: I’m not saying the men’s restroom at McDonalds.
- Following a schedule to a “T”: you are going to make your kids anxious. Anxious kids rebel and make your life that much harder.
- Going to the doctor every time your child sneezes: if your child is relatively healthy, stop being consumed by fear. If you have a real concern, head to the doctor. Follow your gut.
- Kids wearing clothing that don’t match: once your child starts picking out his clothes, he will look like an episode of “Saved by the Bell.”
- Not taking a bath every night: wet wipes will work in a pinch.
- Giving ice cream for breakfast: sugar is not the end of the world.
Hey, my kids are still alive and rarely get sick. I must be doing something right!