Matt always teases me that I’m like Mustafa from Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me. (Click on his name to watch the clip.) He says that all the kids have to do is ask me three times and I change my mind.
Sadly, it’s true.
Partly it’s because I’m tired. They’ve asked me all day long for all sorts of different things and I’ve said no. They know I’m weak and my defenses are down and they’ll win. I’ve been at it all day and I’ve had enough.
Sometimes though I just don’t think first. I automatically say no. “Can I have a popsicle?” No. “Can I have a friend over?” No. “Can we go to the park?” No.
But when I stop and think for a minute I realize that “YES!” would be an ok answer too…and that’s when I change my mind. So I’ve been trying to train myself to stop and think before I answer…and to say yes more often.
CK at Bad Mommy Moments (If you haven’t read it yet…are you living under a rock? 😉 ) has a great post about saying yes. It’s so poignant and so true. I’m trying to follow by example.
One thing we’re going to do this summer is have at least one “YES!” day. I read about this in Family Fun magazine a long time ago and thought it was a great idea…but haven’t done it yet. From now until the end of the school year, I’ll write down all the things I say no to…and then on Yes! day we’ll pick some out and do them.
And who knows…I may just say Yes! to some other things too. There’s nothing wrong with ice cream for breakfast once in a while, right?