Michael Phelps’ pregnant wife Nicole Johnson said she too suffers from mom guilt.
Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day and energy for women to do everything for their children and do it well.
As reported by People, in the July issue of Parents magazine, the couple, who share Boomer, 3, and Beckett, 15 months, revealed upgrading to a family of five has been quite a challenge with two toddlers.
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Olympian Michael Phelps and his wife, @Mrs.NicolePhelps, star on our July cover with sons @BoomerRPhelps and @BeckettRPhelps! 🏊🌟 Yes, the little nugget in the jumbo headphones from the 2016 Olympic Games is now a walking, talking, and, of course, swimming big brother, and the couple is expecting a third baby this fall! We chatted with Michael and Nicole about life with two toddlers, whether they hope their kids will become swimmers, how parenthood has affected their marriage, and more. "Before Booms was born, someone told me you’ll really understand true love when your first child is born," Michael says. "And now I do, 100 percent." ❤️ Tap the link in bio to read the full cover story. 📸: @Daymion_
The former beauty queen, who is expecting her third child this fall with the Olympic swimmer, said:
“I have to give myself time. There is always guilt, no matter what — do the laundry, clean the sink, put away the kids’ stuff — but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it will all be there later, but the time for me to be a healthy parent and a healthy wife is right now.”
With morning sickness, Nicole told the publication that she and Phelps have to “tag team” to care for their family.
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Our July cover 🌟s, Olympian Michael Phelps and wife @Mrs.NicolePhelps, know the importance of taking time for themselves as parents. "There is always guilt, no matter what—do the laundry, clean the sink, put away the kids’ stuff—but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it will all be there later, but the time for me to be a healthy parent and a healthy wife is right now," Nicole says. And for the 23-time Olympic gold medalist 🥇, it's not surprising his "me time" is exercise. "If I’m in a bad mood and I go for a swim, I’m better 99.9 percent of the time," he says. "It’s part of my DNA, and it will always be that way." Tap the link in bio to read our full interview with the soon-to-be parents of three. 📸: @Daymion_
“With morning sickness, I haven’t been able to do much, and Michael has been amazing, cooking, cleaning and helping me out.”
Phelps went on to say they’re both “excited” about the arrival of their third baby but admitted: “It will be a journey, but we can already handle two.”
Johnson said the most effective way to be a good parent to her soon-to-be three children is to stay healthy and relaxed.
According to one study, nearly 90% of women reported feeling riddled with guilt and stressed about taking care of their family, reports the Telegraph.
In order to get off the guilt trip, experts suggest moms stop feeling bad for “robbing” their family of their time and commitment.
And remember “no one is hurt when you get your work done and leave the office at 5.30pm (even if your colleagues are still there). No one is hurt if your kid watches TV, or has a boring sandwich for lunch. If you can be rational about whether someone has been truly hurt, then a lot of the guilt disappears,” said Laura Vanderkam, author of “I Know How She Does It.”
No one should feel guilty about falling short of daily expectations in some way.