Leading with Love: Releasing Mom Guilt and Choosing Yourself

Conversations from the Heart - October 15th 2021

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Growth, Motherhood, Family, Love

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

As mothers, why is it so hard to put ourselves first? We know we cannot parent from an empty cup. Yet, the voice in the back of our heads is louder than ever when we do anything just for self-care.

If you’re struggling with mom guilt, today’s episode is for you. As Rachel prepares for a trip to Costa Rica, the last minute cold-feet are setting in. This trip is just for fun, just for joy - just for her - so justifying it seems impossible. She shares her feelings surrounding mom guilt, how she prepares her daughter for time apart, and why its so important that Lea Luna knows this trip is solely for self-care.

It comes down to who you want your kids to be when they grow up. Do you want them to sacrifice their wellbeing for others? Or do you want them to be able to confidently express their needs? It depends on what you do for yourself now. So, go on that trip. Take that alone time. Fill your cup.

Tune in to drop the mom guilt and lead with love.

Key Takeaways

  • Communicate with your kids. Tell them what is going on and let them share their own feelings and ideas about it. They aren’t just passengers in our lives - lead together with them.
  • Mother yourself the way you mother your children. You do so much to cushion hard blows for your kids - why don’t you do the same for yourself?
  • Justifying your absence to your children is so much easier when its for work than for self-care, but children need to know just how important self-care is too. By taking care of yourself, you are raising children that will put their needs first.
  • Who do you want your kids to be when they grow up? Do your best to be that person now.