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Top 5 Things I Feel Guilty About As A SAHM

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As a mom of soon-to-be three kids, I definitely don’t get everything right. 

And with mistakes comes the dreaded mom guilt. Some days it feels like it could knock me over. Whether it’s specifically related to my relationships with my kids or my husband, I definitely have my moments of wondering if I’m good enough. 

I especially noticed a difference since I’ve gotten farther along in my pregnancy with how much I get down on myself which probably has a lot to do with the hormones.

1. Screen Time

Screen time has been such a double edged sword for me during this pregnancy and through all of the lockdowns. It’s so easy to get a moment for myself if I set the kids in front of a tv with some snacks or hand them an iPad. On the flip side, obviously you don’t want them on electronics all day with no stimulation whatsoever. 

How I Deal With It: To be honest, there’s no perfect answer as to how much screen time is fine for children in my opinion. You’ll always hear a different opinion no matter who you ask. 

One of the first things I implemented was to put the kids on a schedule. Having a set time where I spend time with them and maybe do arts and crafts or have them do something non-screen related was a huge help. 

The second thing I did was to delete all non-educational apps off of their iPads, so that at least if they were getting screen time I didn’t feel so bad about it! 

Of course, you need to figure out what works best for your family, but this is what worked for mine.

2. My Phone Usage

I’m not going to even lie to you guys, my phone is a huge distraction! I used to always look down on parents who were on their phone the whole time they were with their kids. Then I became that mom. It’s so easy to get caught up in social media, checking emails, or even trying to catch the new little thing you kid has started doing. 

How I Deal With It: What’s become my mantra is “everything in moderation”.

I’m not crazy enough to think that being on my phone is a problem that will be solved in a day. But setting limits on myself is definitely helpful. Honestly, the calendar helps in that aspect too! Since I have to be teaching, playing with, feeding, or putting the kids to bed for a large portion of my day. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for scrolling. 

When I do indulge in my social media, it has a heck of a lot less anxiety and guilt tied to it and I can actually enjoy myself!

3. Keeping My House Clean

Lord, if this doesn’t keep me up at night. Sometimes I feel like such a crap wife and mom because my house is in a constant state of disarray. 

As a SAHM I feel like most of the housework should be my responsibility but sometimes it’s really hard.  

When you have two children whipping around the house like little tornadoes leaving a trail of destruction everywhere they go. It’s bound to start getting a little cray. 

It turns into a never-ending job. And sometimes to be honest, it’s a lot easier to let it slowly accumulate than to deal with it immediately all of the time.

How I Deal With It: Honestly, the best way I can put this is I had to give myself grace. I try to stay on top of things as best I can, and try to have the kids clean up at least before they go to bed. 

I have this little thing that I always tell myself, that there’s a difference between filthy and just surface level dirty. 

Filthy = Food being left out to mold and attract bugs/rotten smells throughout the house

Surface Level Dirty = Toys thrown everywhere and clothing/blankets thrown anywhere

At the end of the day, I can put away a few toys and clothes when things are just surface level dirty. Filthy is a whole other beast though so I tend to concentrate on making sure my home is clean in that way more than I focus on the toys. 

4. Having Healthy Meals Prepared Three Times A Day

This one just simply doesn’t and won’t ever happen. I genuinely don’t understand how some of these moms can pull it together to have perfectly proportioned and presented meals for every single meal. 

Some days might be a takeout dinner or lunch. Some days it may be frozen chicken nuggets and fries. It’s all a luck of the draw.

How I Deal With It: I honestly don’t stress myself out about this one anymore. It’s so interesting to me how people love to go on about “fed is best” until they’re no longer on formula. 

As long as once again everything is in moderation. A chicken nugget and some pudding isn’t gonna kill your kid. And I’m sure they’ll appreciate it a heck of a lot more than quinoa and acai at every meal. 

Call me a bad mom if you want but I’m more concerned with making sure that my kids eat every meal than burning myself out trying to keep up with the Jones’.

5. Neglecting My Husband In All Of The Craziness

A huge part of the life of being a SAHM, especially now that he works from home, is my relationship with my husband. In between this pregnancy and the kids I already have, I have zero energy and attention left for him at the end of the day. 

Our kids are also little night owls, so by the time we get them off to sleep without a fight, it’s sometimes between 10 and 11 pm. 

Unfortunately for both of us, the night’s no longer just getting started at that time lol. I’m usually half asleep by the time everyone is in bed. 

How I Deal With It: I really haven’t mastered this one yet. We’ll watch a movie together every now and again, but I really want to master our relationship again. Please let me know in the comments any recommendations you guys have! Also, I’ll keep you guys updated as I try to figure that part out!

As a whole, the message here guys as a mom is to continue to work on your shortfalls, but don’t beat yourself up in the process. None of us really knows what we’re doing, but our family loves us just the same!

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Jazmin Maybell
20 Comments
  1. I’m a single mom who worked from home up until August of this year. It was hard work. All of those things can cause so much worry, but you’re doing the best you can!

  2. I think as a mom, especially a stay at home one you just have to give yourself a lot of grace and lower your expectations a bit. We are expected to do a lot in one day and even professional cleaners take hours to clean. Professional chefs take hours to cook and so on. We just do not have enough time. I do my best and I feel guilt about it as I never get everything done, but at the end of the day I am just one person. It’s the trying that really matters. You have to remember that as long as you tried to keep the house clean, the kids fed, not to zone out on your phone and so on that is what matters most. We are all good moms!

  3. I work full time at home, but have had my daughter at home with me this whole time. I struggle with all of these things. I know they get too much screen time and I am on my phone too much. I like the idea of setting aside specific time to do non-screen things.

  4. These are all totally the same things I feel guilty about all the time. It is so hard to be a SAHM and be productive. Soon enough the kids grow up and are more independent, and it gets a lot easier!

  5. i feel all of this too, and i worked for almost two decades before becoming a sahm for the past couple of years..
    and i keep trying to tell myself that the house is not filthy (yet) so we are ok.. 🙂

  6. Being aware of these things is KEY to being able to change how you think and feel about them. And while your feelings of guilt aren’t different from other moms’, I think the awareness you have and the steps you are taken is different from that of some moms. Because it takes work and sometimes people just don’t want to work to make changes, they want those changes to happen on their own.

  7. As a single mum with bills etc to pay and being stressed most of the time, I feel guilty all the time for worrying about the bills, money etc and not having time to play with my daughter. However, since the pandemic started, I decided to stop worrying and spend time with my child.

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