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No need to apologize for life getting in the way of plans

My mom friend cancelled on our plans we had last week.

“Please don’t hate me …” she said. My mom friend had to push times to our lunch date. “I’m so sorry,” she texted.

“It’s been a morning.”

My mom friend told me she can’t make it to my kid’s party tomorrow.

“I’m the worst …” she told me over the phone.

My mom friend said she can’t make my event next month due to a scheduling conflict with her kiddo. “I feel terrible and don’t know what to say …” she responded in an email.

My mom friend said she couldn’t make the play date this afternoon. “One day I’ll get my life together …” she replied in the group chat.

Guess what I shared back to each of the above?

“Don’t apologize – don’t ever apologize for life happening or putting your family first.”


We need to show more grace to our family and friends who are simply navigating life and responding to life in the best way they know how; which more times than not is simply known as survival.

It’s okay to cancel. It’s okay to arrive late. It’s okay to not be able to simply show up sometimes.

Grace, Mamas. You have permission to all of this above, with no apologies necessary.

Regan Long

Regan Long is a mother of 5, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and paid family leave advocate. Regan founded The Real Deal of Parenting, an online platform that provides heartwarming and witty content to millions of readers worldwide, a large percentage of those being mothers.

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