Many moms struggle with guilt, comparison at Christmas

They say comparison is the thief of joy, and no one understands that more than a mother at Christmastime.

Moms with less money might compare themselves to moms with more money, and feel guilty their children won’t be getting the same big-ticket items under the Christmas tree.

Moms who work scheduled shifts might compare themselves to moms who have flexible workdays, and feel badly for not being able to attend the school’s morning Christmas concerts or volunteer at the school’s Christmas dinner.

Moms who work full time might compare themselves to the moms who stay at home, and feel sad they don’t have free hours to do pre-Christmas crafts and baking sessions with their children.

Moms who spend more than they can afford at Christmas might compare themselves to moms who have no trouble covering the gifts without going into debt for them, and stress over the credit card bills that will come in January.

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