The Women’s Web ‘Mommy Guilt’ Contest

Posted: June 18, 2010

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To be a mother is to feel guilty. If it’s not for the big things, it’s for the small things. If it’s not others making you feel guilty, you do it to yourself. All mothers know this, which is probably why our article Fight that Mommy Guilt’ got such a tremendous response from readers.

Which is why, we’ve decided to go ahead and use it as the theme for our first contest on Women’s Web.

(UPDATED on 24/06/10: It’s not just the Flipkart voucher now! Devra Renner and Aviva Pflock, co-authors of the very relevant book, Mommy Guilt: Learn to Worry Less, Focus on What Matters Most & Raise Happier Kids, have very graciously offered to give away a copy of the book to each of the 3 winners. More reason to participate!)

The rules are simple 1-2-3:

1. Write your own post on ‘Mommy Guilt‘ – it can be funny, sad, touching, angry, thoughtful – anything you choose. And you don’t HAVE to be a parent – anyone with a story to share can participate.

2. Make sure you include a link to our feature, ‘Fight that Mommy Guilt’ somewhere in your post.

3. Let us know of your entry – on the comments section of this post itself, on the Women’s Web Facebook group, at our twitter ID, or by emailing us at with the words ‘Mommy Guilt’ in your subject line.

(If you don’t have a blog but really want to participate, you can send it to us as an attached document at the e-mail ID mentioned above, and if it wins, we’ll publish it here. For these entries, obviously, step 2 doesn’t apply).

And the Prizes?

The 3 best entries EACH get a Rs. 500 voucher that you can use to shop for books, music or other goodies at Flipkart. (Anyone in the world with a valid e-mail address can receive these vouchers, but Flipkart currently ships only to addresses in India).

This contest kicks off  NOW – which means entries dated from 17th June to 28th June will be valid, when we close for entries and start judging.

The Judges? Yours truly, and Nita Deb, the writer of the original piece that started it all.

Go ahead and give it a shot!

Update (28/06/2010): A big Thank You to everyone who participated in the contest – if we could, we’d give away prizes to all of you 🙂 As we can’t, we’ll spend the next few days going through all the entries to identify the winners. We’ll be notifying the winners by email, besides announcing them on the blog. Entries for this Contest are now closed.

Pic credit: Racingmix (Used under a CC license)

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  1. My entry for this contest is

    Hope the link I provided is fine.


  2. Thanks all for your entries – we are including them in the entries list for judging. For those who haven’t yet sent in their entries – hurry up – you have only 7 days to go 🙂

  3. I LOVED that article! it could have been me writing it, except for one difference.
    Here’s my entry to the mommy guilt contest.

  4. I could have written the post- it resonated so! Please check my post

  5. i had answered over at Aparna’s…

    submitting the link here again

  6. Hi! Here is my entry for the contest, a story in 2 parts. Have linked up to the cited post in Part II:

  7. Check this for my take on “Mommy guilt


  8. A great theme for a contest!!! And I loved the featured post “Fight That Mommy Guilt”! Here is my entry for this contest:

  9. My entry at

    The original piece by Nita is fantastic, glad I didn’t read it before I wrote mine 🙂

  10. Here is new entry, since my old ones I think were before the contest dates!

  11. Am so excited to see such responses to our very first contest. Glad to know that the topic struck a chord with so many of you. Keep it coming, ladies – 5 days to go!

  12. Truly unique contest 😀 Mine is here 🙂

  13. I published it it just now but not able to see my entry to adding again:

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