Overcoming Mom Shame

Society and social media would tell us we are either not doing enough or we are doing too much. If you don’t have a side hustle, your laundry caught up, healthy meals planned for your family, a casserole to contribute to the community pot luck, or your makeup done each and every day, you’re lazy. On the flip side, if you aren’t perfectly content being a mom and you want to have a side hustle, make a million dollars, travel, and hire someone else to cook your food, you’re a bad mom. Shame takes all different forms. Some is purposefully put on us by others to manipulate us into conforming, some we take on voluntarily. Either way, it’s not from God. In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve didn’t know they were naked. When sin came into the world, the first feeling they felt was shame. They hid from a God they couldn’t hide from, but they were actually hiding to protect themselves from their feeling of shame. We do the same thing now. We hide our true selves due to a false feeling of shame. We hide from other women by not trusting them (after all, they might judge us when they see our kids eat mac and cheese.) We hide from our spouse by not communicating effectively. We hide from our kids and most d