Is feeling guilty normal?

Is feeling guilty normal?
“ As new parents, we’re very attached to our children, ” explains Nathalie Bigras. “ We tend to think we’re the only ones who can take care of our babies the right way, and we find it difficult to detach ourselves, which is perfectly normal. ”

“As new parents, we’re very attached to our children,” explains Nathalie Bigras. “We tend to think we’re the only ones who can take care of our babies the right way, and we find it difficult to detach ourselves, which is perfectly normal.”

The guilt parents feel is linked to history. “A lot of people are still reticent about leaving their children with others. Not so long ago, we were told that mothers were the only ones able to care for their children. Yet, in many societies, children are raised in a community. Even in our grandparents’ time, parents shared their child-raising duties with sisters-in-law, grandmothers and neighbours,” reminds Bigras.

New parents who attended daycares themselves as children seem to have an easier time making that choice for their little one. “Julie and I both went to daycare as children,” explains Jeremy. “So we never really considered keeping Eliane at home.”

Perhaps it’s necessary to rethink our vision of child rearing. “Parents know their children best, for sure. But leaving our child with properly trained professionals doesn’t make us bad parents. On the contrary, we’re surrounding ourselves with people who can help us raise our children,” says Bigras. “There’s nothing to indicate that it’s bad to send our child to a quality daycare.”