Do you mind bringing the contents of your bank account to our bakery fundraiser this week? Yes, I mind.
Learning to say no to the PTA parents or no to the soccer moms is not easy, and it fills you full of mommy guilt. But it’s something you’ve got to do. Sometimes you need a line in the sand. You do not live for your children. Your life and happiness are vastly essential to the satisfaction of your family and children. And if being on the PTA doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it!
Plus, remember your young ones are always watching. Always.
Not participating in a baking sale for Marching band is fine because you’re already paying two thousand dollars for them to be in marching band. It’s ok for your children to learn the importance of money as well. That and that your money is not just for them and everything they want.
Finding happiness requires setting boundaries.
Learn to say no. You don’t have to be mean about it and if the PTA moms don’t like you because of it, who cares. It’s not like your hanging out with them for fun.
I’m the mom that’s at all the concerts, the mom who is a chauffeur even at six am, the mom who hears all the stories, and the mom whos teeshirt caught all the tears from a rough day. And all of those things are enough for me to give. I do not need to throw extra money around or be super excited and prepared for days before an event.
No. It’s a great word. You should give it a try sometime, and find me in the band seats.
Photo by CatLane