Mother Guilt

I’ve been pondering on the unfairness and inequality of the way society piles the guilt on mothers. Not to mention all of the guilt that mothers tend to pile on themselves.

I’d like to illustrate:

What the father hears from society:

Oh look at you spending so much time with your kids. They’re so lucky to have you. You help so much around the house. Your wife is so fortunate to have such a wonderful husband who contributes so much. Just look at how much more time you spend with your family than your father’s generation.

What the mother hears from society:

You work? Oh that must be so hard. Are the kids okay at daycare all day? It’s too bad you have so little time to spend with them. It must be so difficult to get everything done. I don’t see how you can be happy letting someone else practically raise your children. Just look at how little time you spend with your family compared to your mother’s generation.

Society sucks big time. Nuff said.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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6 Responses to Mother Guilt

  1. soapfismom says:

    This frustrates me to no end! It’s been mentioned many times before but it irks me that if dad stays home with the kidlet for the night so I can do something he is “babysitting” and being so nice to tackle the kid all by himself and lets all do the happy dance that he is doing something so special. But when I am home alone all weekend with the kidlet while he is out golfing etc I am merely “parenting” as expected. ARRRGGHHHH!!!!!

  2. Christine says:

    The double standard is nausea-inducing.

  3. Pingback: Guilt: Part 2 « gettingitsorted

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