Saying Yes

June 1, 2011 3:25 pm

One simple word can make or break their moods. It can make or break mine too. I’ve been trying to be more cognizant of this fact and give in a little bit. Meet them in the middle. Say yes.

Yes to the cheesy horsey ride at the mall turned a tantrum filled afternoon around.

Yes to playing superheroes transforms Clark Kent into Superman himself.

An early morning trip to the park before school..

To chase pretend bad guys away (Captain Hook, Darth Vader, Emperor Zurg)

Afternoon swims, popsicles after dinner, jeep rides around the block, water balloon fights, bubbles in the tub, just one more book before night night. So many smiles in response to a simple yes.

What have you been saying yes to lately?

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  1. Amber
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    Wow your babies are so grown up!!!

    “Yes, it’s the last week of school and you can stay up half an hour longer.” “Yes, Harley, I’ll play Duck, Duck, Goose on the trampoline with you.” “Yes, Avery, even though I’m 35 and it’s been at least 15 years since I’ve done one, I’ll show you how to do a hand-stand.”
    I totally agree. The answer doesn’t always have to be no.

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  2. Stacy Uncorked
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    I love it! It’s amazing how that simple ‘yes’ can turn a frown upside down… Your kids are growing so fast!!! And still adorable! :)

    I said ‘Yes’ to going to the local library and getting Princess Nagger her very own library card so she can check out a bazillion books and participate in the summer reading challenge. Now if only the slow-as-molasses mail lady would get here so we can go! :)

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  3. SuziCate
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    Yes can lead to lots of fun for everyone!

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  4. Beth
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    FYI, this same principle works nicely with HUSBANDS, too! Keep up the good work.

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  5. Lizgizzy
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    The kids look wonderful. I’m so glad you are back to posting!

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  6. VandyJ
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    Yes can make a world of difference. I have to think about why I’m saying no sometimes. Yes can lead to giggles, smiles, fun for everyone. I need to remember that more often.

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  7. Heewho
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    Your Supermen are adorable!

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  8. Jenni
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    Letting the boys sleep in the same bed together; a second popsicle; a second (and third and fourth) readin of the Foot Book. It can change the whole mood, you’re right.

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  9. Captain Dumbass
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    Overtime, holiday hours, fun stuff like that. : (

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  10. ck
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    YES!!! to the return of Casey the Magnificent!

    And for real, you have some beautiful babies.

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  11. Mrsbear
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    Yes to a certain bloggery pressure. :)

    I love to see Graham so smiley! Hooray for yes and fun and happy babies.

    Just say no to drugs. Stay in school.

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  12. Sprite's Keeper
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    Saying yes to more nights of giving up the exercise for a little more snuggle time. My hips don’t like it but my heart loves it.

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  13. bex
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    What a sweet post! I love it!

    i have been saying to granola bars. these boys are never full. so i load up with granola bars and they leave me alone about food for a while.

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  14. Michele
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    Saying yes more often than no makes the nos that much more effective. Plus, yes is so much more fun.

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  15. Anne
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    Your kids are so gorgeous! Sadly, I often say yes because I can’t deal with the argument that follows saying no.

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  16. Julie @Momspective
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    A) I miss you

    B) Any one thing can send me into a massive bipolar cycle.

    C) You spawned some wonderful humans.

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  17. The Stiletto Mom
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    Glad you are back! I’ve been saying yes to having the house full of my children’s friends which in turn means saying yes to a mighty high grocery bill and yes to extra wine at night for me. I’m thinking I’ve lost my mind!

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  18. lin
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    WOW, have they changed and grown up!!

    Isn’t it amazing on how fast ‘no’ can come out of our mouths? Criminy, I’m guilty of it too. They certainly look happy, pally. You are a great mom!! :)

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  19. Keely
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    God they’re cute.

    I try to take that approach with Xander, and always have. It can be hard when you’re in a hurry or have a to-do list the length of your arm, but sometimes “Yes, sure, you can splash in the puddles before we go into the house,” or “Sure, you can have milk and juice mixed together,” just makes their day.

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  20. kyooty
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    Today’s yes is one can just sit on the sofa all day eating junk food and watching cartoons. He’s sick and doesn’t want to sleep it off.
    Your kids are growing up so fast! love the pics

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  21. Andrea
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    I said yes to a puppy. I dont recommend that one.

    Sounds like you are having fun. And your kid seriously owns a white dinner jacket??

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