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Mondays are for Moms: Dealing with "Mommy Guilt"

Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 07:38:29-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mondays are for Moms -- to talk about their struggles, their "mommy guilt," and how they balance their busy lives. 7ABC reporter Rebecca Thornburg sat down with four Western New York moms to have this important conversation.

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This week, we are focusing on "Mommy Guilt", "Mommy shaming" and the judgment Moms feel.

These are the moms you are hearing from:

Lissa Rausch
Lissa and her husband Mike have four girls ages eight, six, and twins who are three in North Buffalo. She works full-time as a writer at Delaware North. She says as soon as you have a kid your life is opened up and people feel they can start judging what you are doing as a parent. She says no matter what career she was in; a stay-at-home mom, working part time or working full time, she felt guilty for the decision she made.

Dana Marciniak
Dana lives with her two boys ages ten and eight in North Buffalo with her husband Joe. Her oldest son is living with Autism. She started her own PR business, 85 West Communications and works from home. Dana says she had decided to create her own business because the guilt of missing out on her kid's events was too much. She says she is working for her family, not a business.

Adryan Parks
Adryan is a stay at home mom to her 16-month old son living in Williamsville with her husband Doug. Before Adryan became a mom, she says she would judge other moms when kids were acting up or being loud. Now, after becoming a mom, she has stopped judging because now she understands what it is like.

Carrie Rinehart
Carrie lives in Forestville N.Y. with her three kids ages 10, eight and five and her wife Amber. The Rinehart family grew all at once when Carrie and Amber adopted all three children on the same day. Carrie is a PR Specialist for Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and a small business owner at Rusterior in Forestville, N.Y. Carrie says moms really need to work on their own guilt and try the best they can to be the best mom for their family.

Tune in every Monday at 6am during the whole month of February to check out Mondays are for Moms.