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How to be an Unhappy Mom in 10 Easy Steps

How to be an Unhappy Mother in 10 Easy Steps

I loved planning this pregnancy. Sure, there were struggles along the way. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? I’m now focused on maintaining a healthy pregnancy and looking to the future of motherhood.

At times, I’m terrified by the thought. What if I suck at being a mom? What if I totally screw things up? Of course, I don’t allow these thoughts to linger long. At the end of the day, I’ll be fine. And so will my kids.

It seems as though without fail anytime I have my doubts, something finds its way into my life just at the right moment. That happened today when I came across a great post by All Things Mothering in which she highlights the road to unhappy motherhood. I’m grateful for these tips, because I’ll know just what to avoid when my little one arrives. After all, it’s never too early to plan a happy future.

After the jump, check out How to be an Unhappy Mom in 10 Easy Steps!

Click here to see All Things Mothering’s full list!


  • Compare Yourself to Other Mothers — Including Your Own 1 of 5
    Compare Yourself to Other Mothers — Including Your Own
    As All Things Mothering says, "You are your own unique version of motherhood." There's no single "right way" to raise children, so if you keep comparing what you're doing to what other mothers are doing, you'll be left feeling insufficient.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Let the State of Your House Dictate Your Mood 2 of 5
    Let the State of Your House Dictate Your Mood
    When I read this, it reminded me of a great quote I saw once on Pinterest: "Excuse the mess. The children are busy making memories." How great is that? And how true! You'll have all the time in the world to keep your house tidy after the Littles move out say, in about 18-plus years. In the meantime, do the best you can.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Make Decisions Based on Guilt 3 of 5
    Make Decisions Based on Guilt
    You're busy. Kids. Household. Work. Try to accept that you don't have time for everything and know it's OK to say no to invites and events sometimes before you get to your wits' end.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Believe That You MUST Have it All 4 of 5
    Believe That You MUST Have it All
    Tons of material items equals happiness, right? WRONG. So wrong. It's one thing to have goals and work hard for the things you want, but don't let the keeping-up-with-the-Kardashians pressure consume your life or your happiness.
    Photo: IStockphoto
  • Be a Martyr 5 of 5
    Be a Martyr
    All Things Mothering says it great, "There are few more direct roads to resentment than behaving as if your own needs are of little importance compared to the never-ending demands of your family." Take care of yourself. Love yourself. Your children will learn from that.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons

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Main Photo: iStockphoto

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