Sometimes it feels like the only thing I say all day is ‘NO’… do your kids feel that way too?
If you’re up for an adventure and break from routine, its time to consider a Yes Day!
A Yes Day is when you let your kids set the day’s agenda, and you get to say Yes! to nearly every request.
Why on God’s Green Earth is this a Good Idea?
It inspires creativity and teamwork for your kids.
It requires kids to prioritize and negotiate within limits.
It encourages self-confidence and empowerment.
It’s fun for parents because we get to let loose too (within established limits).
This will take some pre-planning and boundary setting so the little planners understand what they have to work with. Feel free to modify the rules – after all, this is your day too!
- Set a budget. Tell your kids how much money they have on “Yes Day” to spend. This teaches them financial responsibility.
- Determine the day’s events in advance. Ensures everyone’s expectations can be met within the bounds of a 24-hour period.
- Establish frequency. Is this is a once-a-year privilege, or can the kids earn a Yes Day through good behavior, exceptional grades or another major accomplishment? (Just make sure it’s a true reward so the excitement of earning one isn’t diluted.)
- Rules. Yes, limited rules still apply on a Yes Day. Some suggestions:
- 3 good meals required (you can still have pizza for breakfast, just not Halloween candy for B, L & D).
- Nothing can be planned that’s considered dangerous or illegal.
- Agree on how far you are willing to drive/travel for the day.
- No future tense requests. A Yes Day is a single day.
- Limit screen time – let’s make this fun, people!
- Agree on a bedtime in advance.
It’s fun to introduce the idea to your kids by sharing the book with them, available On Amazon (like all good things)!
Thoughts? Have you had a Yes Day? What worked for you? Or, are you ready to schedule one? I’d love to hear about your Yes Day adventures!