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Whitney Port on mom guilt: 'We can expect more from our husbands'
"The Hills" star deals with mom guilt by trying to live in the moment and not focusing on "what anybody else thinks."
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Savor the moments. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting job on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry's piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now - it will be over far too fast.
Sometimes parents need a weekend or 10 away from the kids, and that's OK.
During the most recent episode of "The Motherly Podcast," Whitney Port opened up about battling with self-imposed mom guilt.
The 34-year-old mom shared that after her son, Sonny, was born, she needed to bond with her husband, Timmy Rosenman, so they took an adults-only trip to Italy. Port said a lot of people judged them for taking the tripwhich made her feel guilty at first.
"I need this so badly. Like I need this time with Timmy for our relationship, for my own confidence, for just like a breather from life," she told host Liz Tenety. "I cannot care about what anybody else thinks."
She added that although she understands that mom guilt is a product of society, it also has to do with the person you marry.
"I think that we can expect more from our husbands, and we should be able to ask more of them," Port said.
Port, who gave birth to her son in 2017, said she struggles with mom guilt but has internal conversations with herself to overcome it. She said that sometimes when she's away from her sonfor an extended period of time working on a project she begins to feel bad.
"The Hills" star then reminds herself that she needs to be present in the moment when she's doing the things she loves.
Debra Messing (mom of son Roman): “The priority shift is a relief. There are so many things that used to monopolize my time and my energy that I realize now, in the face of being a mother, are just completely irrelevant.”
"You can't get to those places unless you make sacrifices in one area," Port tells herself. "If you don't enjoy them and you 're just feeling guilty all the time then what's the use of it, why are you doing it?"
When asked if her husband experiences any dad guilt, Port replied that he doesn't.
"He doesn't feel dad guilt, it's not in his nature," she said.
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