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How to Let Go of Your Guilt
Get to the Root of It
Ask yourself why you feel guilty. If the reason is based on how another person feels (your mom, your mother-in-law, the stay-at-home mom down the street), forget about it. They don't have your life so they have no right to make you feel guilty any more than you have a right to make them feel guilty about their life choices.
If the reason is based on how you feel about yourself (if you feel you don't see your family enough or that you're too involved with work), then by all means seek a change. Shorten your hours, cut down on travel, split shifts with your spouse, or be bold and change careers. Do whatever it takes to make you feel good about yourself. Just be sure that you're doing it for you, your spouse and your kids and not for someone else.
Change Your Way of Thinking
Guilt is a useless emotion. It can make you unproductive, resentful and depressed. In fact, it is such a dirty word on the Working Moms board that the regulars use the word "quilt" instead, and no one is permitted to feel that way for long. In our supportive corner of the Web we all understand how hard it is to leave your child in day care and go out into the workforce. It is so easy to identify ourselves as having only one role in life
You only get one chance to live this precious life. You have to make the most of it while you are here. I don't identify myself by what I do any more than I identify myself by my children. I am a person in my own right and I (usually) am fairly happy with who I am. Mother, wife, employee, student