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Saying Yes To Kids

Lately, I've found myself doing a lot of thinking and worrying, which hasn't left much room for fun. As a parent, I appreciate the value of setting rules and boundaries, but I've started questioning my instinctive "no" responses.

There are undoubtedly numerous reasons to say no, but I've made a commitment to say yes as often as possible. However, striking this balance can be challenging. That's when I came up with the "Yes, but..." approach—a simple yet effective way to empower my kids while maintaining some structure.

For instance, when they ask, "Can I have a snack?" my response is now, "Yes, but is it something you can prepare and clean up yourself?" Similarly, if they request, "Can I play a video game?" I reply with, "Yes, but is your room picked up?"

It's amazing how well this is working. By putting the ball back in their court, my kids have the power to decide whether they want to fulfill the condition to get what they want. If they want to play the game, they clean their room. If they don't, no game. It has allowed me to say yes more often, and it's helping them understand the concept of responsibility and consequences.

I've noticed that pausing before responding to each question gives me the chance to explore ways to incorporate a yes. As a result, I find myself becoming a more relaxed parent (wish me luck) while guiding my children to make decisions based on the options they are given. And the best part is that we're having more fun together.

This approach is not without its challenges, but witnessing my kids develop decision-making skills and take ownership of their actions makes it all worthwhile. It's heartwarming to see them grow into responsible individuals with a sense of independence.

As I continue on this parenting journey, my hope is to strengthen our bond and create an environment where my kids feel supported and encouraged to make their choices wisely.


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