Ditch the Mommy Guilt with Humor

Playing Letting Go of “Mom-Guilt”

A new book with a controversial title reassures not-so-perfect parents that they aren’t alone.

“Parenting can be difficult, right?” asks ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. “You’re going to make some mistakes, but it’s important to have a sense of humor!” That’s why two moms, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, collect tales of parents' not-so-shining moments.

Watch: The Healing Power of Humor Part 1

Their latest book is “[Expletive] Mom for All Seasons.” Mary Ann says, “It’s a saucy title for an important message: Everybody’s going to have parenting fails. You can either laugh about them or cry about them.”

Alicia adds, “It’s a sense of relief when you share that story [of shoddy parenting], because you realize you’re just like everyone else.” They hope that their book will inspire parents to love themselves as much as they love their children.

Watch: The Healing Power of Humor Part 2

“The perfection is in the imperfection,” concludes Dr. Stork.