On Friday and Saturday last week, we ran workshops on the topic of Learn to Juggle and Ditch the Guilt for visitors to the Work+Family show. We introduced our coaching process for tackling guilty feelings and shared our top tips. For those who were not able to attend the event, the three step process consists of:
1. Acknowledging the guilt feelings
2. Investigating their source(s). When is the guilt happening? What are the triggers? Is there any real justification or are beating yourself up for no reason?
3. Define actions to address the guilt. Take small practical steps focused on your guilt triggers. And let go of the pervasive 'working mum' guilt!
Our top tips are:
•Use our process to Acknowledge-Investigate-Act on guilty feelings
•Remember that working parents don’t have to feel guilty
o Children thrive with happy parents•Aim for good-enough not perfect
•Work out your priorities & delegate the rest where you can
•Look after yourself to better look after others
•Ignore other people’s judgments – they have different values
•Put practical & emotional support in place – we all need it!
Additionally, there have been some excellent articles written recently in The Washington Post and the Talented Ladies Club online magazine as well as our earlier post on guilt.
Posted by Katerina