By Anna Mussmann
The biggest parallel between fear of monsters and mom guilt, though, is that so many people try to solve both problems the wrong way. My son’s fears are not actually unfounded. The root of the issue is his sense that death and evil exist. In a way, he is right to be afraid. It is genuinely possible that something bad could happen to him or to our family on any given night. Arguing with him about shadows and flickering nightlights will never erase this truth.
Through Him, we can celebrate this Mother’s Day without the burden of mom guilt--not because we’ve erased our guilt but because He has. In that sense, modern American pop culture is right. You don't have to feel guilty.
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After graduating from Concordia Wisconsin, Anna taught in Lutheran schools for several years. She now homeschools her children during the day and writes in the evening. Anna loves Jane Austen, dark chocolate, and the Oxford comma. She reviews the books she reads on Goodreads, and her work can also be found in The Federalist.
This is an unbelievably timely post for what I've been dealing with lately. This mother's day, I struggled with a really bad temper due to hormones. I knew this and yet still could not control it. This mom-guilt was not misplaced and a call to do better, to lean on Jesus and pray to him whenever I fall short.ReplyDelete
I am helped by your comparison of mom guilt to your son's fears. Whenever I have it, I always am comforted by the idea that every single mom I know has it too. Misery loves company? But I think your reflections give me a better reference point to go off of. Thank you!ReplyDelete