Why do we take on so much? As mothers why do we feel the weight of the world to do it ALL? Do we put this pressure on ourselves or does the world do it to us?
This week I had the "privilege" of attending the Room Parents Tea. (Oddly enough there was no tea, just a case of unopened bottled water.) I signed up to be an assistant Room Mom for each of the girls classes. I was a head room mom for two years of preschool so I thought this might be a good year to "assist". I arrived to find that I had been assigned Head Room Mom for Abby's class and despite being an assistant for Grace's class the Head Mom was a newbie who needed her hand held.
I was (fairly) smart. I didn't take on too much. I vowed to delegate. I will make every attempt not to tackle too much. Or will I? I probably will.
See, I am a Mom. No matter whether I have three kids, a job, a house to keep running, errands, cleaning, co-parenting three other kids, sports and a million other typical Mom responsibilities, I still have the little voice that says "sure you can find time to bake three dozen vegan cupcakes". I assume that little voice is in all of us Mom's somewhere. I am sure the volume may vary from Mom to Mom but I know it's there somewhere.
I have tried rather hard to find ways to quiet the voice but so far very little has worked. Maybe time will teach me that I don't have to do it all. That being a room Mom will not make or break my experience as a Mom. That store bought vegan cupcakes might be pricey but they will not poison my children. Maybe...