You’ve heard of mommy guilt, but what is the new mommy guilt and how can a gal deal with it? Special guest Michele Morin shares her experience on today’s podcast episode.
What IS the New Mommy Guilt?
No, it’s not the guilt new moms feel. Although many of us have experienced that kind of guilt. I know I did when I left my baby with a sitter and returned to work after my maternity leave. The new mommy guilt may hit us around the same time our nests empty out. Or it could whisper accusation in our ears at just about any time in our life. Why? Because at some point, we’ll probably all find ourselves in the position of either helping out or taking care of our own parents.
Depending on our relationship with our parents during our formative years, the experience may turn out pleasantly, or it might cause all kinds of stress and strife. Both with our own family and with our parents. With the cost of assisted living increasing exponentially, many families consider having an elderly parent move in with them. While wanting to save money, we may open ourselves up to other costs. Time, strained relationships, stress, caregiver burnout, and guilt.
Today’s guest, Michele Morin from Living Our Days, shares the wisdom she gained from inviting her mom to live with her busy family and then having to make a decision five years later to move her mom into an assisted living facility.
Wondering why your aging parent reminds you of your teenager? Check out this post.
Michele’s post from 2015 on the new mommy guilt.
How to take care of yourself as you care for others.
Come Back Next Week
Next week I’ll interview Mary Geisen, an author and blogger who acted as her father’s primary caregiver.