Monday, May 31, 2010

Being a "Yes" Mom

My friend, Kimberly, at Raising Olives wrote an excellent post on being a "yes mom."My kids would definitely call me a "no mom." I admit I am guilty of often saying no, because I don't want to be inconvenienced or deal with the mess. Kimberly gives 2 questions she always asks herself before giving an answer. I am trying to make changes in this area and have adopted her questions.

1)Is there a real reason to say no? (dangerous/destructive)

2)Are they supposed to be doing something else? (schoolwork/chores)

If they answer to both of these is "no", then I am trying to say "yes." Tonight I let my kids go out and play in the rain. Some might wonder, "What's the big deal?" For me, it was a huge step. They had fun and I enjoyed watching them have fun. Maybe next time I'll take an even bigger step... and join them!