Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about giving in to every whim at the grocery store or all the treats their little heart’s desire because our kids can ask us what seems like a million questions in a day. I’m referring to those times when a “yes” is possible, just not always convenient for us.
It can be so easy to fall into a groove of continually saying NO. We’re busy we’re running around and it’s hard to say yes when we’re on a mission, it’s inconvenient, but…we could probably say yes a little more than we do.
I have the habit of saying no to messy things…play dough, Legos, painting or friends over after school…..sleepovers…you know, the things that get in the way of MY day. It’s also a challenge for me to say yes to stopping what I’m doing to play a board game or the Wii.
And then I read things like this from Mr. Fred Rogers:
In the book The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember, Fred Rogers wrote that, “I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said yes, when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly only helpful to someone else.”
Ok, so REAL moms…every time we consider saying “no,” let’s stop and ask ourselves a simple question: Can I give my child a “yes” instead?
And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
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