Wednesday evening, Ryan turned to me and said, "I want to try an experiment." My first thought was, "uh-oh!" I was a little wary as he described what he wanted to do.
"For one week, let's just tell the kids 'yes' to everything they ask." Like that movie, Yes Man. Items costing money would be carefully considered, but for the most part everything they ask, we have to say yes.
The idea came to Ryan as he thought about something that happened on Tuesday. Tristan had asked him to play "army dudes." He didn't really want to play, so he said, 'no,' and then went to watch TV. He got to thinking about how lame that was and how often we say 'no' just because it's inconvenient for us. We're missing out on so much!
So yesterday was the first day of the experiment. Josyan asked for hot cocoa for a snack. That's his favorite thing in the world, but I ALWAYS say no! So, we had hot cocoa. Then, Tristan asked to go to the park. So we went to the park and had a picnic. On the way there, we passed an estate sale, and, of course, Megan spotted the toy section. So, we went to the estate sale, where I allowed the kids to each buy a movie (they were $1 each). That afternoon, they watched two movies--Angels in the Outfield and the Tigger Movie.
Today, Megan got to watch her movie, The Parent Trap, before starting Latin. Tristan asked me to play catch, so we threw a football around for awhile (he's pretty good!). Then Josyan asked me to play cars. While pushing two cars back and forth (mine was Lightning McQueen!), I noticed that Lightning McQueen's sponsor is a "medicated ointment for the rear end." LOL
Later on, we played catch again, and the boys got to come with me to Handy Andy to get lemonade for dinner. Really, my kids don't ask for a whole lot, but so far, what has happened is I've been able to spend some fun moments playing with my kiddos. I'm looking forward to seeing what our experiment brings tomorrow! ;-)