020: Throw Away the Mummy Guilt

Behind every great kid is a mum who’s pretty sure she’s mucking it up


Ask your child to tell you about mother’s guilt and they’ll look at you blankly.

“There will be so many times when you feel like you’ve failed, but in the eyes, heart and mind of your child, you are a supermum”

I love this quote by Stephanie Precourt.

Guilt is an emotion that we mums load on to ourselves because we never feel as if we quite live up to the mark.

But if we’re putting guilt on to ourselves, then we have the power to take it away from ourselves.

Bottom line, your child loves you right up to the moon.

And you love them right up to the moon …. and back.

You’re doing a great job. Now you just need to believe it.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about the dreaded mummy guilt and how we can attack it head on.

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This weeks challenge:

So my challenge for this week is to think about something that makes you feel guilty and really start to work out a way to use that guilt to your advantage.

Step 1: What do you feel guilty about? If there’s lots of things, just focus on one at a time

Step 2: Can you either willingly drop the ball with it, or motivate yourself to make a change. That might be a physical change where you do something differently, or a mental change where you reframe how you see the situation.

Remind yourself that there is a solution to absoultely everything and they’ll be a solution here, so don’t give up on yourself.

Listen to today’s show for all the details.

Please leave a comment:

Then tell me in the comments. What makes you feel guilty, and how can you look at that guilt in a different way?

Michelle and I are here to spur you on and help you in any way we can.

Hope you enjoy the show.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BOOK: Mommy Guilt: Learn to Worry Less, Focus on What Matters Most, and Raise Happier Kids by Julie Bort, Aviva Pflock and Devra Renner

SURVEY: Overcoming ‘Mommy Guilt’  by the American Management Association “In a survey of over 1,300 parents – a whopping 96% … reported feeling guilty about some aspect of parenting.”

PROFILE: Dr Robin Smith

BOOK: Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

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Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Thank you too, Melissa and Debby. I really appreciate how you handled such a difficult topic in a practical yet sensitive way. I know from the feedback, that our mum listeners have found it to be very useful, Lisa x

  2. Melissa and Debby
    Melissa and Debby says:

    Lisa, we wanted to thank you for having us on your Podcast – it was truly an enjoyable experience. We so appreciated your insightful questions that enabled us to share more about how to heal after a difficult or traumatic birth. And thank you for caring so much about mums – it really shows in your podcasts, and we feel very grateful to have this opportunity to reach more women and share the message that birth trauma is real…AND that it is possible to heal. Much love, Melissa and Debby xx

  3. Lisa York
    Lisa York says:

    I hope you enjoyed this very open and honest episode with Melissa and Debby. Did you feel supported and listened to while giving birth? Let me know in the comments! Lisa x

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