Monday, April 14, 2008

Sure, why not?

It's my new thing.

"Sure, why not?"

Try it. It is the most amazing gift you can give your children.

If you're like me, you get into a rut of saying no more and more. I don't want to be inconvenienced, or have things get too messy. Then, you look up one day and everyone is wondering if "no" is ALL you can say.

"Mom, can I go peeee..." "NO! Errr ... oh sorry. Sure, you can pee."

So, I've added a new catch phrase. It has been quite useful to the educational and emotional well-being of my entire household. It works in a variety of situations, barring anything that might possibly cause bleeding or an explosion.

"Sure, why not?"

Now, in about a month, would someone remind me about this post, when I'm back in frustrated-lazy-mom mode again?

4 comments:

laura said...

Now, in about a month, would someone remind me about this post, when I'm back in frustrated-lazy-mom mode again?

Sure, why not?

Had to do it. I am right there with you, sister. You're preaching to the choir!

Cammie said...

Man! Laura beat me to the punchline!

Thanks for the reminder. My hubby and I often talk about that we say 'No.' before we hear the question!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I think we need to be careful with this...especially with teens.

traveller said...

Even James Dobson, who I am not a fan of, says that whenever possible we should say "yes" to our children, even when it inconveniences us, since we have to say no so often.

When my wife and I figured this out it had a very important, positive impact on our relationship with our children, even in their teens.

Thanks for the reminder.