I read a post this morning on “Raising Olives” that had to do with being a ‘yes mom’. I also struggle with being a ‘yes mom’. I am too quick to say ‘no’ to the question of “Can I come with you” to where ever it may be, or “Can I help you cook, clean, etc”. I have really been trying to say ‘yes’ since I wrote about my issue in
‘I’m losing my patience‘. I usually have problems when it comes to actually helping me do something that is easier done by myself or ‘in house things’ that create gigantic messes. For example: helping me cook, unload the dishwasher, finger paints, play dough (which inevitably ends up on the floor, which is usually just vacuumed when they decide to play), or other things along those lines. I, normally, don’t have ‘yes’ issues to things that just plain get them grubby (outside). My feeling then are ‘let them be kids’. Just to prove that I’m not always a prude (LOL), I dug out some pics from last summer.
We live just off of a two track that goes back to an oil well behind our house. My ‘big’ girls frequently ride their bikes down it. They found some huge mud puddles and decided that it would be a good place to take the ‘little two’. This is something that I don’t have issue with….get messy (outside)….that is what makes a fun childhood. So, away the 4 of them went and when they returned…this is what we had: