In my last blog post I mentioned that B.G. has dubbed Hubby “The Yes Man”, which makes me “The No Mommy” by default. So I’m going to try a little experiment. For the next week, I’m going to say yes to everything the kids ask me. I considered doing this without telly Hubby, but then I decided that I might need some backup:
Child: “Mommy, can I eat all three of these chocolate bars?”
Me: “Ummm…. go ask Daddy.”
I warned Hubby that if one of the kids asks me something like that I’ll just look at him and he can feel free to jump right in with that no. I’ve also been thinking of how to manage open-ended questions, and I think that a conversation along the lines of…
Child: “Can I stay up?”
Me: “You’d like to stay up another ten minutes? Sure!”
…would be perfectly acceptable. It’s not saying no, it’s just qualifying the yes (parents are sneaky that way).
I’m not sure what I’ll do if I get into a situation where saying yes would make me late for work, or if I’m asked to do things which are mutually exclusive:
Child (just as I’m about to leave to catch the bus): “Mommy, can you play a game of Uno with me?”
Child 1:”Can you play Uno with me?”
Child 2 (at the same time):”Can you colour with me?”
but maybe I’m overthinking this.
Hubby assures me that the world won’t end if I say yes to everything for a week. We’ll see.