Sania Mirza knows what mom guilt feels like and she wants mothers to forgive themselves

Sania Mirza knows what mom guilt feels like and she wants mothers to forgive themselves

"Let’s be kind to others and to ourselves too," said the Indian tennis star.
18 Jun, 2022

Mothers all over the world are probably familiar with the term "mom guilt" or at least the idea of feeling guilty for a decision made in relation to their children. Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is no stranger to mom guilt.

"I am playing in England (working) and my baby boy graduated today, I wasn’t a part of it and it was such an awful feeling.. Unfortunately we cannot be at 2 places at the same time. Mom guilt is real guys and it never stops," she wrote on her Instagram story on Friday night. Before this post, she shared a picture of her son, Izhaan Mirza Malik, in a red graduation cap and gown at his nursery graduation.

"But it’s important to recognise it and forgive yourself because no matter what we do, a mother just doesn’t feel like she’s doing enough," she wrote.

"I am so lucky to have a family and support system that still allows me to chase my dreams. Let’ be kind… to others and to ourselves too. So proud of my baby."

Mirza is a professional tennis player who has to travel all over the world for her job and though she often takes her son along with her, it stands to reason that sometimes, her tournaments will be during her son's school year and he won't be able to go with her. Her husband, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, has to travel often too because his job is based in Pakistan and the couple live in Dubai.

Mirza, who married the cricketer in 2010, has spoken in the past about how difficult it is to be separated from her young son while she plays. “Leaving him at any time is difficult. I try to do it as little as possible,” she said at a 2021 press conference at Wimbledon. “But if it's something I have to do, then that's what I will do. As working mothers, sometimes you have to do it.”

Mom guilt is a thing, whether you're a stay-at-home mom or an international tennis player and we hope other mothers take heart from her post and cut themselves some slack. You're doing the best you can and you should be proud of yourself and your children!


M. Emad Jun 18, 2022 01:47pm
Indian girls love Pakistani men
Bunny Jun 18, 2022 02:50pm
welcome statement from her . mums are supposed to be self sacrificing , smiling , serving all the time . thats really unfair for them .
A Jun 18, 2022 03:43pm
@M. Emad “ Indian girls love Pakistani men” Thousands of Pakistani girls married to Indian men are waiting to get Indian citizenship but Indian government is not granting it. Sania Mirza is still Indian citizen.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 18, 2022 04:08pm
An attempt in futility to look busy, thumb your impression, stay afloat, rally support, get counted, solicit new contracts and above all, remain in the powerful multimedia limelight.
NYS Jun 18, 2022 07:12pm
Slowness is not even an option for a guilty mom
Waqas Akram Jun 18, 2022 09:15pm
Be with your Son, the world can have many tennis starts but your Son can have only one Mom.
Ismail Dawar Jun 18, 2022 11:29pm
@A Not true at all. Most Indians (with few exceptions) are physically unattractive and almost repulsive. No one dates them.
Bunny Jun 18, 2022 11:48pm
@M. Emad why not . whats wrong with that . In fact we need more interfaith inter religious inter country marraiges like these .
Syed Hasni Jun 19, 2022 05:19am
@A You both are actually right, both sides have mutual attraction, and which is quiet natural knowing the linguistic and cultural similarities. Nobody should be shying away from it; religion is a personal matter. We should not worry about Bahut Yarana Lagta hai ...
M. Emad Jun 19, 2022 01:23pm
@A Dukh huwa na
Junaid Jun 20, 2022 11:31am
@M. Emad She is making statement about her Indian passport holder son not husband. Read article properly.