There will always be worthy causes and people who need our help. There will always be things we can do, and many of them will be wonderful things, but we never need to do All The Things.
The point of this article is not to discourage you from signing up to stuff full stop. Signing up, joining in and volunteering can be great – for parents and kids alike. Joining the PTA, for example, can be a fun way to engage with your child’s school, meet other parents, share some of your skill-set and give something back to your community. Joining multiple committees, however, while also coaching a hockey team, running a book club, volunteering for school camp, doing kindy's laundry etc etc, all while trying to keep a family fed and watered… not necessarily as much fun anymore.
So how can you be a kind and helpful human, look after your loved ones and look after yourself, all while staying reasonably sane and avoiding overcommitment? Here are a few strategies to keep in mind.