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A Message For Moms: It's Okay To Not Do It All

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  • We all want our children to grow up in what we believe is the "perfect" environment: a spotless home, homemade waffles in the morning, and afternoons spent in the park with fresh-baked cookies in the oven while we prepare a seven-course dinner followed by bubble baths and bedtime stories. I don't know about you, but I'm tired just from typing this! It's not a very realistic scenario, is it?

    It doesn't matter if you're a stay-at-home mom or a working mom—the guilt we harbor for not doing "more" for our children is ever present in our minds. But a stay-at-home mom has the added bonus of feeling she should be a constant presence for her kids, since she's home with them all day long.

    I know this from experience. When my kids were young, I felt as though I should be that mother I described above, and it took a health scare for me to realize how off base I was in my thinking. My kids always had to be perfectly groomed with spotless clothing and shoes. The beds had to be made first thing in the morning, the house clean and vacuumed at all times. In between doing laundry and other household chores, I would sit with the kids and read them stories, do puzzles and be their playmate.

Caroline Rules
A Message For Moms: It's Okay To Not Do It All
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