Monday Mantra: Saying Yes and Having Fun
Think about your day...or your yesterday or your last hour. Count how many times you said no and how many times you said yes. To anything, but especially to your kids.
Hmmm. Right? A little troubled by the tally? I know, I get into a pattern too...a pattern of many Nos and that rare Yes. No, you can't have another bowl of pretzels. No, you can't watch another show. No, you can't shave the dog...or dye his fur rainbow colors. No, I can't make a playdoh brontosaurus right now, I'm making dinner. YES, I am tired!
I interviewed a playwright a few months ago, and she said that every once and a while, she will have a Yes day. Where she says Yes to everything her kids ask (not to anything where they could possible hurt themselves others or the house, but you get the idea). Yes, you can have another bowl of ice cream. Yes, I can stop what I am doing and draw 15 cats on a tightrope for you to color. She said it was freeing for her and, of course, the kids loved it.
I really like this idea. We get so caught up in our everyday stuff, the carpool, the afterschool, the dishes, that sometimes, we have to be reminded to take a breath, say yes more, and lighten up and have more smiles every day. Nothing huge, but simple everyday switches to being more positive and having more fun -- don't we all need that? So, this week, we've got some great hints on teaching your kids this healthy habit too, and how the whole family can practice it together.
Do you say No more than you say Yes? When do you find yourself saying No the most?