31 Reasons You Shouldn't Feel Mom Guilt
Say goodbye to the blame game by learning its OK to relish in life's little luxuries, from bliss-filled date nights to planning weekends away from the kids.
7 Buying yourself the real ones. You treat your shoes better than your kid does, and you won't outgrow them. Plus, they're really cute. Being the wage earner has its perks.
8 Giving him the answer to the last problem on his math homework. He'll get more practice with the teacher in school.
9 Dipping into your son's goody bag when he isn't looking. What's a funsize Snickers between family members?
10 Not going in the pool with them. Chlorine does a real number on your hair, and besides, that's what dads are for.
11 Accepting your son's compliment that you're a good cook when he's eating pre-breaded microwave chicken breasts. You did your part. You pressed "Start."
12 Wiping your daughter's nose with a panty liner -- the closest thing to a tissue you had in your purse. For heaven's sake -- it was clean!
13 Stashing the Häagen-Dazs in the back of the freezer, and showcasing the supermarket brand. If they're not ready to dig, they're not ready to appreciate the premium stuff.
14 Closing the bedroom door in their little faces. You did not magically lose your need for privacy when you gave birth. If someone's bleeding or not breathing, by all means, they can knock.
15 Giving in once in a while. It can be a wise parental trade-off, especially if what you're acceding to will buy you a few minutes of quiet time, private time, or time to regroup. You don't need to be perfectly consistent.