Parenting in the age of Pinterest') ? Since we have access to so much information about how others are raising their kids (like this blog, ironically!), we end up feeling guilty about every little thing. I mean, it's okay if you haven't potty trained your toddler yet. Or given your kids a sugary breakfast. Right?
I also think that this has something to do with being a first-time mom. Since you're the only one around, you are the caregiver-cum-playmate-cum-entertainer. With subsequent kids, I imagine, there's less to worry about and feel guilty as they'll at least play with each other.
I haven't figured out how to avoid the curse of the guilt, but when I see my happy kiddo, I know I must be doing something right.
(Pic: Happy Boy And Mum by Peter Griffin)