20 Quotes to Help you Defeat Mommy Guilt

If you can't choose not to feel guilt then read these quotes for motivation.

How to get over mommy guilt
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If you google “Mommy Guilt” there over a million results.  That goes to show we are all looking for the answer to how to stop feeling it.  Let’s visit the definition of guilt to start:

Guilt:  a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc,. whether real or imagined.

How I’ve been able to overcome mommy guilt is to turn it into a choice.  I can either choose to feel it or not feel it.

  Once I tell myself I choose not to, and then give myself a worthwhile reason (for example, my priority is to provide for my family so I’m choosing to work), I can move on quicker.

If this advice doesn’t help here are 20 quotes to help you stop feeling mommy guilt.  I hope that it helps make today a great one and stops you from reading any of the other million search results on mommy guilt.


  1. “There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed.  But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you are a super mom.” ~Stephanie Precourt, Listen to your Mother
  2. “I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!” ~Arianna Huffington
  3. “Breathe.  Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” ~Oprah Winfrey
  4. “Be fully present at work and at home.  Feeling guilty is wasted energy and it will wear you down quickly.” ~Dawn Sandomeno, Party Bluprints
  1. “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing which is you go through big chunks of time where you’re just going ‘This is impossible – Oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going and you sort of do the impossible.” ~Tina Fey
  2. “Working Mothers’ laugher comes hardest when our double life is revealed for what it is: a juggling act in which the balls can drop at any time, invariably on our own head.” ~Allison Pearson, author “I don’t know how she does it all
  1. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes of your goal.” ~Henry Ford
  2. “When it rains look for rainbows.  When it’s dark look for toys on the stairs.” ~Scary Mommy Blog
  3. “Trying to be Super Mom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom.  Not going to happen.” ~Arianna Huffington
  4. “When in doubt, choose the kids.  There will plenty of time later to choose work.” ~Anna Quindlen, author
  5. “The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves.” ~Stephen Hawking
  6. Let the guilt teach you how to be brave next time.” ~Veronica Roth, author
  7. "Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway.” ~Isabelle Holland, author

  8. "You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things.  And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” ~Stephen Covey

  9. "Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.” ~anonymous

  10. “Do what you can, with what you have where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
  11. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
  1. “Patience is a form of wisdom.  It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time…” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
  2. “Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned in.” ~Doe Zantamata, author
  3. “The three C’s in life:  Choice, Chance, Change.  You must make the choice, to take a chance or your life will never change.” ~Anonymous