Working mom guilt is something every working mom has experienced in one way or another. And basically, it sucks.

However, we’ve always heard that guilt is the most useless emotion — and now, consider us schooled. On this week’s episode of Spawned, we spoke with Jessica N. Turner, author of the brand new (and already top-selling!) Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt and she shared so much incredible information. Including the idea that guilt is actually a great teacher.

But one tip she offered on the show really stuck with us.

One simple thing you can do right now, this very second, to help you eliminate working mom guilt. Great tip from expert Jennifer N. Turner, author of Stretched too Thin. |

We asked her if she could offer just one single bit of advice that could help working moms (and dads too) alleviate guilt. Jessica’s response.

Sit down right now, and make a list: write down 10 things that make you a great parent. 

It’s so simple. And if you think about it, it’s brilliant.

It’s an instant perspective-changer, because you’re celebrating the things that make you you, and make you the perfect mom for your own kids. And that’s what matters.

Now, tuck that list into your wallet, hang it on your bulletin board over your desk, pop it in an envelope and keep it somewhere within reach. It will work wonders.

Also remember that just the fact that you are taking the time to look at a question like this and listen to a podcast like this, the fact that you are setting an example for your kids with your job, modeling hard work, and¬†supporting your family — clearly that means you are a good enough parent. And as we said in the podcast, sometimes good enough is…good.


We think you’ll learn so much more from this terrific discussion about working mom guilt, what you can learn from it, how to make more time for your (non-kid) relationships, how to unplug a little more, and how you can experience guilt a lot less often.

Take a listen right here, right now:

You can also listen¬†on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or your favorite podcasting app.¬† And be sure to¬†subscribe to Spawned with Kristen + Liz (it’s easy), so that you never miss an episode.

Related links and episodes

Stretched too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive by Jessica N Turner

Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt just launched 9/18, so order now!

-Jessica’s other best-selling book about self- care:¬†The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

-Find her at on her blog, The Mom Creative

-Liz’s working mom post: Kids don’t remember the hole, they remember the donut

-A list of me-time self care gifts that can help bring the chill

5 fantastic self-care apps to help you recharge

24 cheap and easy ideas for date night at home if you can’t get out.

14 sexy at-home date-night ideas for parents…after the kids have gone to bed

-Great book recos from Jessica on her @BookSnobbery Instagram

Related Episodes You Might Like Too

Spawned 121: How to be a Happier Parent without guilt or shame, with KJ Dell Antonia

Spawned 57: 10 Things Never to Say to a Working Mom

Spawned 53: Work-Life Balance is a Big Fat Lie, with Samantha Ettus

Spawned 113: Mothers of Reinvention: Talking work and career after motherhood, with Mallory Kasdan

Spawned 102: 7 tricks to create more positive thinking in your life

Spawned 122: Comparing 5 top time-management techniques from experts

Spawned 75: Work After Baby: Tips for surviving with sanity and style, with Lauren Smith Brody

Spawned 88: How to play more with your kids without going insane, with Meredith Sinclair


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Our cool picks of the week

Be More Chill: Why this cult hit musical is going to BroadwayPhoto: Maria Baranova

Liz: The teen cult favorite, Off-Broadway hit, Be More Chill, which is now coming to Broadway. (And now that Kristen’s seen it with her daughter, she agrees: Get tickets now!

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Kristen: She can’t recommend the¬†Flo Period App¬†enough!

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