We love the idea of saying yes: taking more opportunities to have fun with our children, even when that fun is messy and inconvenient. But how often do we actually say yes? Could we do it more often? What impact would it have on our families?
It didn’t hit me until I heard my three-year-old tell her younger brother (in a very impatient tone), “No, I just don’t have time for that right now!”
I had become a “No-Mom.”
There have been so many times my kids have asked me to do a puzzle with them, or to get out the finger paints, and I’ve said something along the lines of, “Oh, that would be fun…maybe later, when I finish cleaning the kitchen.” It never gets done. How sad!
So Nicolette decided to devote one day to being a “Yes-Mom.” She picked a day when her house was (mostly) clean and her schedule was relatively open, and started saying yes (to reasonable requests) when otherwise she would have said no. How did it turn out? Click to read the whole story.