I’m sure this isn’t news to you, but sometimes we moms have a difficult time saying no. You would think that with all that practice during the Terrible Two’s, we would have that word down pat. “No” is arguably the most powerful word in the dictionary. But we can’t seem to utter it when we need it most.
My take—the biggest reason for this is guilt. We put such high expectations on ourselves to be everything for our families and others, and we don’t want to let anyone down. We’re people pleasers by nature. So we say “yes” every time we’re asked to bake cupcakes or go on a field trip or teach Sunday school at the last minute. We also say “yes” when someone asks us to give away our products and services for free.
You know the routine. You reluctantly agree to coordinate the talent show at the elementary school. And because you are an amazing woman, you put on the most organized and entertaining show ever. Then what happens? You are nominated to do it again the following year. And the year after that. And the year after that. This would not be a problem if you actually enjoyed it. But over time, your enthusiasm for the project diminishes and you’re left feeling obligated and resentful.
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