Thursday, September 22, 2011

Being a Yes Mom

No, you can't play video games before dinner.

No, you can't stay up late.

No, we can't stop by the library today.

No, no more water before bed.


Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Please tell me I'm not the only one with this script.

With two little ones in two who have boundless energy, I find myself saying "No" a lot.  Sometimes it's warranted as in "No, you WILL NOT speak to me that way."  Other times, "No" pops out of my mouth when I'm thinking in my head, "That's just not part of the plan."  Really, it's my selfishness talking.

I don't wanna read another story.

I don't wanna make the extra stop.

I don't wanna go through the inconvenience.

The Lord's really been working on me in my selfishness lately.  Mostly through my children.  They come up with the wackiest ideas at the craziest times and I'm convince that at least a few of those ideas come from the Lord reminding me not to be so selfish.  What's wrong with an extra round of Yahtzee?  Well, really 'cause I just don't wanna.

So I'm going on a journey of being a Yes Mom!  I'm gonna start saying "Yes" more than I say "No."  Yes to a late evening in the sprinklers, Yes to smoothie night, Yes to a few more whispers at bedtime.  Are you with me?

I'm not sure what the journey will look like or how long this experiment will go.  But to the best of my ability, I'm going to keep you clued in to how it's going.  Little updates here and there to let you know what we're saying "Yes" to.  Sound good?

How are you choosing to say "Yes?"

*Linked to Weekend Bloggy Reading


Anonymous said...

I've been trying to do this exact thing: being a "yes" home! Looking forward to your posts about this.

Stephanie Bishop said...

I do this ALL the time! I am trying to follow a magnet that hangs on my fridge for not only relationships with my hubby, but children as well!

I posted it on my blog!

Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups said...

Ah the word No - there are days when I question do I know any other words. I too must make more of an effort to let yes creep into my conversations with my kids, just a tad more :)

Dawn said...

truly a good reminder-and so true! thanks!

Anonymous said...

when my son was about 5 or 6 he got frustrated with me and said "Mom you always say NO to me when I ask you a question..Why?!" I said "Because you always ask me "No" questions instead of "Yes" questions". He turned around and walked off to his room. A short time later he came back and he asked me a new question. It was a "Yes" question. When I said Yes this time his eyes light up. He was sooo proud of himself.

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