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Release the Guilt

It’s there and it’s hiding. It’s waiting for the perfect time to jump out and attach itself to you. What is IT? Guilt. Pure and simple guilt. You know the feeling, the one that attacks you when you have a deadline or a customer calls and you’re in the middle of toy negotiations. Perhaps it’s another mom, or your own mother, who is giving you a guilt trip about not spending enough time with your kids. Perhaps the guilt comes from your mother-in-law calling in the middle of your work time and not being able to understand why you can’t drop everything to talk to her about the latest episode of American Idol.

Wherever or from whomever the guilt is coming from, let it go. If you know you are doing the best you can, then release the guilt. Working at home means that you have decided to be available when your kids need you. However, this does not mean that you have to put your work on hold in order to fulfill their every whim. Children receive a great amount of self-confidence by doing things themselves. They may whine and moan at first, but Mommy won’t be around forever, so they must learn to do things for themselves.

Remember the reasons that you are working at home and focus on those things. There is a time to work and a time to play. Use your time wisely and do not let someone else tell you how to use your time. You know what works best for you and your family. If you are on a really tight deadline and simply cannot tend to the kids right now then hire a mommy’s helper to come in and watch the children. If you need a huge block of time or even several days to complete a project, don’t feel bad, it can happen to all of us. Ask a friend or relative if they can watch the kids for a few hours, find a Mom’s Morning Out program or, if need be, a drop in daycare center. It’s not forever, just a few days. You can get the project finished and your children will make some new friends.

Michele Casteel is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and novelist who resides with her four rambunctious children and loving husband in the heart of the South. Last year she created her own small publishing company.

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