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Moms Judged by Cleanliness of Their Homes

Mom Guilt: Are We Judged by the Cleanliness of Our Homes?

If there's one thing that working moms and stay-at-home mothers have in common, it's that ubiquitous feeling of guilt. For working mamas it's often the guilt of missing a school function or having to take a business trip, while stay-at-home moms frequently say they often feel guilty for not putting their education and previous career experience to work.

While we may beat ourselves up for not being the first one in the pick-up line or not reading that extra chapter at bedtime, there's one category we all tend to feel the most guilty about: the cleanliness of our homes!

According to a new survey by the Working Mother Research Institute and Ernst & Young, the number one thing working moms feel the most judged about is how they keep their homes, while it was the second most frequently cited response by stay-at-home moms (the first being their contribution to the family's finances). Sixty-eight percent of LilSugar readers told us that the one professional they wish they could hire for themselves is a housekeeper, and now we can see why!

Is your home's cleanliness something that you feel judged about as a mother?

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Keke-B Keke-B 5 years
Define cleanliness... messy, toys strewn about, a cheerio here or there simply means a happy family is living life and having fun... I think all of us moms and women in general, work at home (there is no such thing as 'stay' at home, mom's are not puppies) or work outside the home women and mom's should give each other more empathy and understanding...show me a mom/woman who says their house has never been messy and they are either lying or have amnesia.
Natasha-Dantzig Natasha-Dantzig 5 years
This is something I freak out about on a very regular basis. Seriously, the night before playgroup is at my house is not fun, I am frantic and near panic and in need of valium, scrubbing the bathtub and comparing my house to everyone else's perfectly kept home.
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