Thank you! Yes, I keep thinking that as she gets more independent, she'll cling to me a little less. That's already happening--she doesn't scream all evening anymore when I leave her with my husband--LOL!
One thing I want to do is buy a bike seat for my daughter. (The one I want is a trailer bike with a canvas seat with straps and pedals, so she can pedal, but I don't have to worry about her falling out.) I bought one that goes on front by the handlebars, but I've decided that I'm really not comfortable using it. :-( My arms just aren't long enough, and I feel like I don't have good control of the bike. I love the idea of involving her in my exercise, though. Good for me, and good for her!
I'm still struggling with the whole parent-sleep-deprivation thing, so I'm reluctant to start getting up any earlier. :-D But I do need to make time for myself in the day--I get precious little of it right now.
Welcome to team. I have been a working mom and a stay at home mom to my children through the years. I feel guilty for not spending every minute of the day with my kids but I discovered I am a better parent for it. The time I do spend with the children is quality time. I find time for myself by getting up before the children and working out. I also work out while they eat their breakfast that way I am not taking time away from them and I am finding time for me. If you can incorporate you child in your exercise that is great as well. Whether it is walking to the park, biking, walking the dog, wii dancing etc. It all counts and leads to a healthy lifestyle.
The guilt gets easier with time as they are not as dependant on you as they get older but you know you are being the best mom you can with the time you have with them.
I was browsing through the teams, and "Working Mom Feeling Guilty" definitely describes me, so I decided to join up!
I have a daughter who is almost three. My husband and I have been talking about another baby, but in some ways, we feel like we can barely handle the one we have! No matter what I'm doing (working, playing, taking care of myself), I feel like I'm short-changing something else. It makes it hard to take care of myself when I feel like I'm cheating my daughter of time, even though intellectually I KNOW that I have to set that example for her! She needs to grow up watching me take care of myself so she will know that it is important for her to take care of herself.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hi, and I'm glad to be here!
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