It's been a busy day, so this post is up late. But the day made me change what I was going to post tonight. And that is, to say yes as often as you can to your kids because the no's come easy.
I could have easily said no to my 3 year old when he asked me to read him a book (so I could clean the kitchen), but I didn't.
I could have easily said no to my 5 year old when he asked me to color with him (so I could fold the laundry), but I didn't.
I could have easily said no to my 8 year old when he asked me to make brownies with him (because I could do it faster by myself), but I didn't.
I could have easily said no to my 12 year old when he asked me if his friends could come in and play (so the house didn't get messed up), but I didn't.
Do you sometimes say 'not right now' and your kids know that means you won't ever get to it? Can you always say yes? no. I can't always grant their requests, but I try to when I can. I'm trying to teach them to value people more than things (or in a mom's case, 'things to do'). This echoes my post from last week about playing with your kids. Except this time isn't planned. It's the simple requests they have that catch you in the middle of doing something. Say yes when it's not convenient. Say yes when you don't want to do it. Say yes because you can.
Next week we'll talk about how to make the yes easy.
~type to you thursday~