This morning I decided to be a “yes mom” and let Abby play in the soaking wet mess known as her sandbox. The intense downpours we had yesterday destroyed the cover I made for it and the sand was so soaked, there were standing puddles.
My first instinct was to tell her to let it dry out a little but then I decided, not a big deal to play in the mud. I could always just rinse her clothes out right away and stick her in the tub.
Guess what? She had a great time! She isn’t a messy kid but she loved it anyway. And I survived the mess.
It’s had me wondering ever since. How often am I not a “yes mom?” How often do I tell Abby no for no real good reason? Or I tell her no because I’d rather do something else. I know I told her no sandbox last week for the pure reason that I didn’t want to open it so late in the day. And I know I told her no fair wandering a couple weeks ago at a competition because it was hot and I didn’t want to.
There are times where “no” really is the answer. When I’m trying to get ready for competition and do the grocery shopping in the same day, no, we cannot play outside. No, you may not throw pillows at the cat. No, we can’t do shaving cream paint right now. It’s too messy.
But sometimes….sometimes we need to say yes, even when it is an inconvenience for us. Go ahead and have that water fight in the kitchen. You can get some towels later. Put aside your to do list for 20 minutes and sit down and read some books together. And for goodness’ sake, do some shaving cream paint once in awhile. 🙂
Sometimes we just have to say “yes” and take the time to not just take care of our kids, but to be with them as well. Sometimes we just have to take care of the messes later and enjoy the moment.
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