Dear Mrs. Franklin,

Dear Mrs. Franklin,

I would love to be the Room Mother for Ainsley’s class as I know you could use all the support you can get.

Unfortunately, I’ve already committed to coaching the soccer team, volunteering at the youth outreach, mentoring a teenager, participating in church activities and working from home.

I’ve simply run out of time. I do hope you’ll find someone else to do it.


Tracee Sioux, Ainsley’s Mom

Okay, could someone please tell me where all the guilt about writing that note is coming from? Why do I feel guilty for not having time to do everything for everyone while I notice other people volunteer for nothing and feel zero guilt about it?

Why is saying no to good things so terribly painful for me?

1 reply
  1. jen says:

    You can excel at a few things or be mediocre at a lot of things. Seriously, I have hit the limit of what I am willing to do commitment wise, and have learned to gracefully say “no thank you.”

    No shame and blame. Don’t be hatin’ on yourself mama. You do a LOT!

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