Summer Fun: Say Yes

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Say “yes” to your child’s request to play today. You’ll both have fun and redeem the days of summer.

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Summer is here. There are plenty of things to do on Pinterest. There are plenty of things to do in this book. There are plenty of things to do in the archives. 

And, I do think that those are great resources when you need ideas and inspiration for making the days meaningful with your kids.

But, the easiest thing, and sometimes the cheapest one, is sometimes just to say yes.

We moms sometimes think that we need to do, dream, plan, think, or otherwise orchestrate a perfect summer. We don’t. In fact, what we really need to do is be available to our kids and say yes when they ask.

While I certainly don’t advocate giving into every child’s request, I do think we can say yes more than we do. I know I can. Usually, it’s when my kids just want a piece of me. How could I say no?

How can you say YES today?

DIY-on-a-DIME-summer-fun-125This post is part of the DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun series. For more ideas on how to enjoy the summer holidays on a budget, check out the list.

I know what we’re gonna do this summer.

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  1. Yes! I, too, look at those marvellous pins, those great bucket lists, and all the summer ideas…and we WILL use some of them. But as you pointed out, the best thing is to let the kids come up with the ideas and then let them act on them, whether or not it involves mom.

    Miss 10 spent hours yesterday curling Miss 15’s hair. Drove me nuts, but they were both perfectly happy, and I got a lovely end of school photo of Miss 15 out of it. 🙂

  2. My daughter and I just had a huge argument yesterday because she has been wanting me to go swimming with her. Everytime she asks me I always say — I have a million things I need to get done and I send her with her brother. This post stung today, but I needed to hear it.



    • Jessica Fisher says

      Hang in there, Mama. We’re all in the same boat. I say no way too often.

  3. Thanks for this. I find I say “no” automatically rather than “yes” almost always. Sigh.

    We took the kids to the local splash pad (free) very near our house on Sunday after they asked – we looked at each other and said “yes!” They had fun; we had adult talk time on a bench on the sidelines while they played. Perfect father’s day for hubby too! 🙂 We didn’t get to be there long – about 15 minutes after we got there a helpful policeman came around and told us there was a storm coming through in about 15 min or so with 60mph straight line winds. We let the kids play about 5 more minutes and then went home. We were only there for about 20 minutes but they were thrilled and we had a good time too!

    We need to do stuff like that more often!

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