Saying “yes” anyway


I hope you had a wonderful weekend, friends.  We had kind of a long and busy one, which are never my favorite.  So, it came to be that on an afternoon where Daddy and Max were out for their “dude date” father/son time and Jillian was reading in her room and the toddler was asleep, that Lucy and I found ourselves with some precious alone time on our hands (a rarity at our house).

The first thing Lucy asked was if we could do crafts.   I’ll admit, my heart sank a little.  Sunday is supposed to be my day “off” after all (if mothers get such a thing) and while normally I love to do crafts and get messy, I was grouchy after the long weekend and I just wasn’t in the mood for clean up or being inconvenienced.

But I said yes anyway.


And so we played with paints, markers, glue, popsicle sticks, and items from the recycling.  After all, why have a crafts table if we aren’t going to jump right in and use it?


It didn’t take long, as she has a normal four year old’s attention span.  The clean up wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated (you know, it rarely is).

Sometimes saying “yes” is as good for me as it is for them.  In this case, I might argue even more so because the fun Lucy and I ended up having together and that quiet time alone ended up being worth any imagined inconvenience I had preconceived.  It was good to be wrong.

I’m glad I said “yes.”

What will you say “yes” to today?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Probably painting. Like you said, the clean up is never as bad as it seems.
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  2. Today I’m saying yes to getting dressed in real clothes & going to the neighborhood music class, even though what I really want to do it stay home and recover from our own busy weekend. You’re totally right, sometimes saying yes is worth the effort.
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  3. I said yes to putting snow boots on “bear” for the 4th time this morning before getting out the door. Trying to get out the door is hard enough without someone else needing shoes, but my daughter was so upset they kept falling off. Sometimes yes is just the right answer, even if it means you will be late.
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  4. I am probably going to have to say yes to playing trains today. I am admittedly not so good at playing trains with my son’s “rules,” and get so very tired of playing trains daily, but thank you for the reminder that it is my job to say yes anyway!
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  5. This is something that I have been trying to do more of the past 6 months or so. I find that oftentimes when I let them do their own thing, and give them the freedom to create, they enjoy it more. And cleanup really isn’t that bad – I mean, it isn’t like mucking out the chicken coop :-)
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  6. Guess what? My 6-year-old and I made loo-roll puppets today! I’ll have to take some photos and show you!

  7. You just inspired me to let my kids paint while I read to them tomorrow. It is such a pain to get it all out and clean it all up, but they love it so much, and I love them so much, why not? 😉

    Thanks for your encouragement! :)

  8. Such a good gentle encouragement, Kara. And I love all the ladies who commented, so encouraging to know I’m not the only mom who wants to say “no” to little annoyances like snow boots and playing trains (although in my case it’s My Little Ponies). I’m going to be on the lookout for moments when I can say “yes” and die to self a little today. Going to be a great day. 😉
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  9. I am thankful I said “Yes” almost every time! :)
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  10. I am so proud!! : )

  11. I love the honesty in this post! Thank you!
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  12. Yesterday I agreed to have a snowball fight with my boys, even though it meant bundling up the baby and preschooler and taking them outside, and throwing snowballs in between tucking in mittens and rescuing the baby from trying to crawl in the snow.
    I ended up having fun, and my oldest son was boasting today that his Mom is a really good snowball fighter and he was surprised that I could beat him. Totally worth it.
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