Yes Day . . . . Important P.S.
So, I heard from a couple about the Yes Day idea and realized that I had omitted one key element in describing my family celebration of Yes Day. When I have done Yes Day, I pose it as a day without "No"s. That means not just from me, but from them. The challenge is to get through the whole span of time without anyone saying the word "No."
It's kind of like a team contest, with everybody pulling together to keep the word "No" away. For example, that means that the kids "can't" say "No" to a parent request either! [See how it can be a good thing?] You may find that kids will be helping you by discouraging a sibling from making a request that would require a "No" for safety reasons or other significant issue.
Not a single person [which is how to not ruin the day by saying "n_ one"] wants the Yes Day to end before the day is over. It also helps children find more creative ways to word things than a flat "No". "Would you like to do my chores next week dear brother?" one child might bait a sibling. "I would love to, but I am afraid that is impossible right now." might be the careful response. The game gets fun and while I wouldn't want it everyday.... for one Yes Day, it can be a lot of fun for everyone.
I am a lifelong educator, writer and author, a foster, bio, and adoptive parent, happy mom of five daughters, Grandma to six, Nana to four, and church and theater musician. Oh yes, and all-round optimistic, crazy lady.