Gee, seems I struggle in a lot of areas. Who knew starting a blog would result in me airing them all to the world?
Anyway, I'm still not sure saying 'yes' is always the answer. I think the fact parents have stopped saying NO when it's necessary is partially WHY our society is in the state it's in. But... that will be a different post. A more political post.
Back to saying yes. I all too often say no to small things. Not because they are bad or detrimental, but simply because I fear the mess, the time required, the money involved or basically I haven't thought through it all.
So, recently, I said yes to:
- a second breakfast for some kiddlets who had already gotten down from the table
- playing w/clay
- tea at lunch
- sugar cubes in the tea
- a candy cane for dessert
- playing 'store' with school play money (that is usually off limits so it doesn't get lost)
- a movie before nap
- making shaving cream, squishy, color bags
- digging in the mud
- picking flowers in the grass and yard
- buying goldfish crackers (those things are expensive)
- pop - with caffein (for the older kids)
- Frosty milkshakes from Wendy's on the way to testing
Not saying I'm going to stop saying no. Not saying I always say no. I AM saying: I'm going to continue making fun memories - saying yes to the simple pleasures in life. Saying yes to the little things that make the mundane a bit more exciting, memorable.
When do you try to say 'yes' more often than not?