Advice on how to stop suffering from mommy guilt

Samantha Ettus, MBA, recommends ways to reduce working mom guilt
Working Mom Tips: How to stop suffering from mommy guilt
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Advice on how to stop suffering from mommy guilt

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The thing about mommy guilt is that it's such a wasted emotion. No one benefits when you are at work feeling guilty about your kids. Or when you are with your kids and feeling guilty about work. So it's really something you want to avoid at all costs. Of-course at times we all feel mommy guilt. When I receive my daughter's first grade class photo, and I'd been traveling that day for work and I see her look like a ragamuffin, I've had mommy guilt stamped all over that. That photo is like a permanent reminder of my mommy guilt. But the bottom line is that no one benefits when you feel guilty. And to be a role model to your kids you really want them to see you passionate and enjoying and proud of your work. And then they'll be proud of you too. Mommy guilt is an area where we could all take a page from the men. When even the most devoted dads are without their kids, they are not sitting there worrying about them. And that is something we should do too. I was with a mom the other day who said to me, " When I'm across the country and I'm not with my kids, I'm not worried about them because there is nothing I could do at that moment to help." And obviously that is an extreme version of no mommy guilt. But, we can all use a little bit of a doze of that.

Samantha Ettus, MBA, recommends ways to reduce working mom guilt

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Samantha Ettus, MBA

Lifestyle Expert for Working Moms

Sam is the leading lifestyle and parenting expert for working women. Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has coached thousands of women - celebrities, entrepreneurs, top CEO's and professional athletes - who aim to perform at the highest levels in both their professional and personal lives.

Sam is a bestselling author of four Random House books and a Contributor to Forbes and Disney’s parenting site, Babble. She hosts a nationally syndicated radio show for working moms and the Conference for Women’s monthly radio show, “Office Hours.”

Sam hosted leading online talk show, Obsessed TV and is known for her interviewing skills. She has interviewed countless luminaries from Al Roker to Bethenny Frankel and Mary J. Blige. Sam has made hundreds of local and national TV appearances and is a sought after speaker at corporations, conferences and colleges.

Sam aims to practice what she preaches in her daily life as a mother of three and wife of entrepreneur, Mitch Jacobs. 

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