Why of why do people think that I must have all of the free time in the world simply because I am a stay at home mom??
There is a certain stereotype that comes with the territory when you stay at home with your children I have found out, and its not very pleasant. And it's a stereotype that only someone who has never been a stay at home mother could invent.
Sometimes I feel like a sucker. I'm constantly asked to run other people errands, watch other peoples children, volunteer for more than my share of activities, etc. And without fail, every single time that I am asked to do such an activity I always get "well you have the free time since you're not working" or "You're just sitting at home anyways".
Here is where the part about me feeling like a sucker comes into play. I don't know how to say No.
I realize that by constantly saying yes to these types of requests not only am I stretching myself thin but I'm also fueling the stay at home mom stereotype. But the truth is that I feel bad when someone askes me to do something for them and all I want to do is say no. The guilt gets the better of me and before I know it "sure" or "no problem" is passing between my lips.
Learning to say No is on my immediate list of things to do.
So moms, what is your best way to say No?