Practice what you preach..”NO-itis”

Yep, I have had another one of those “aaaahhhaaa” moments on “practicing what I preach”!! We all know the importance of saying “NO”. We are taught from a very young age:

When a stranger offers you candy … say “NO”
When a friend is doing something bad and wants you to join…you say “NO”

I have come to realize the older I get the word “NO” has taken on ever changing meanings. “No, Thank You”, “No, I can’t”, and just plain “NO”. As a mother it is important to teach our children “NO” so they don’t get hurt, hurt someone else, or don’t get in a sticky situation. What happens when they are adults? Can they still say “NO”.

Lately, I have been suffering from “No-itis”. I like to take on the world, never say “No”, and “think” I can do it all!! Well, reality check…Im not super mom, not perfect, and can not “do it all”. I am taking some time and “weeding” through the “chaos”. With August quickly approaching, school around the corner, and a billion other things going on. Now is the time, what kind of example would I be setting for my children if I continue to go the pace Im running?

My current chaos;
Watching kids(ages 8, 7, a new one coming soon 10 my 2 little ones!!)
Cleaning houses 2 x’s a mo
Hair bow business
Dog Bone business
cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, playdates, fieldtrips, and 100’s more!!

So some future weeding that is going to occur in our house;
Im cutting back….yep!! And it is in writing now so someone please hold me accountable 🙂

Im going to drop down to watching only the baby…
Cleaning will stay that is my 2 “days out”
hair bows and bones will stay
Pumpkin is going to school this Fall M, W, F (and we will homeschool T, Th)
1 frield trip a month, 2 playdates a mo
Soccer starts in the Fall
Looking at hiring someone to clean…I know isn’t that funny 😛
I will cook and freeze meals

That is enough weeding for now…I’ll keep you posted on my progress and how I am able to shorten my list of “to-do’s” and “just say NO”!! Wish me luck…I hate saying “NO”!!! And for all of those that know me personally get ready to hear it more!!!


  1. Family American Style. says:

    I have enjoyed reading many of your posts. Thanks for sharing. I would like you to know about tomorrow, It’s another post on “What would your children say?” “Wednesday” It’s going to be fun sharing all those wonderful adventures our children do and say. If you don’t have a kid, feel free to post something about your furry four legged family member. I can’t wait. Please tell us all about them. Hope to see you tomorrow. Go to the logo that says “What would your children say?” “Wednesday”, for full details.

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