Many moms find it's nearly impossible to get everything done and that it's even harder to say "no". When the teacher asks you to be the class mom or when the PTA president wants you to volunteer for the school carnival, many moms - have a hard time saying no even though they have no time. Jamie Pennington and Sarah Crossman Sullivan co-founders of "see it fit" are here to help with that. www.seeitfit.com
1. You can't be everything to everyone every day. 2. Be honest about your commitments. 3. Understand the gift of saying "no". Long ago my mom gave me wonderful advice during a time when my to-do-list seemed unending. She said, "Remember, when you say 'no' you enable others to say 'yes.'" We often forget that some parents may be waiting for a volunteer role. Churches, schools and other non-profits tend to fall into the habit of asking the same folks to lead, execute and support. 4. Prioritize appropriately. I try to turn my cell phone off from 5:30-8pm to spend that limited time helping with homework, making dinner, and hearing about their school day. Does that work for me every day, certainly not - but at least striving to have some time set aside for family each day and then returning to work issues after the kids have gone to bed, helps me have some sense of balance in my life. 5. Recognize the good. Focus on what you can do instead of what you can't do. Maybe you can't volunteer once a week in the classroom, but perhaps once a month you could stop by with coffee for folks working in the front office or bring an unexpected treat to your child's teacher. Be the parent who goes out of her way to say "thank you" for all the little ways others nurture, nudge and inspire your child.