One Saturday morning, I had the rare opportunity to sleep in.
As I woke up, I could hear the yelling, fighting and shrieking coming from downstairs.
I did not want to go downstairs and face any of that. It was not how I wanted to start my day.
So I got out of bed, tossed on an old prom dress, waltzed down the stairs and introduced myself as Princess Anna.
I held a magic wand and worked my magic on them for better behavior.
The next hour was spent playing with dress-up clothes and taking pictures of ourselves.
They didn’t care that I hadn’t brushed my hair yet or put on makeup.
They loved Princess Anna – and it changed our day before it even got started.
This is one of the greatest mothering tips that I’ve ever received – and something that I need to constantly remind myself.
I can say no to my kids’ requests over and over again. Until I stop myself and think – WHY is the answer no? Is it because it’s dangerous or inappropriate?
Or is it because I don’t feel like getting something out or making a mess or actually playing with my kids?
Just Say Yes!
Yes – we can stay in our pajamas until noon or drive the car (without keys), or help me unload the groceries…
Just a few Yes’s can make a huge difference in our day.