When my children were toddlers, I had no problem saying the word “no.” I had a million reasons and ways to say no. I felt like it was the only word in my vocabulary for a few years. But somewhere along the line, I forgot how to say no to other people. I think many moms fall into this same trap. We want to please people, so we reluctantly agree to do something we know perfectly well we don’t have the time or desire to do. Then we end up feeling resentful rather than joyful. (If you’ve ever stayed up until midnight making cupcakes for a bake sale and cursing under your breath, then you know what I’m talking about.)

What if we perfected the art of saying no? What if we could say no without hurting feelings or feeling guilty? I promise it’s possible! Start here with these 7 things you can do to say it with more confidence and ease and less dread.


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