One of my goals this year (and every year) is to continue growing as a wife and mom. I love and cherish my family and I want them to know that they’re my priority, but I don’t always do a great job of showing it.
I recently read a story on MarriageMax that totally inspired me. (If you’ve never heard of Marriage Max, it’s a marriage counseling alternative. Instead of marriage counseling, MarriageMax.com offers marriage fitness. While I’ve never tried Marriage Max, I think the concept of becoming the spouse you need to be instead of trying to change your spouse is a great one!) The author talked about taking each of his kids away for a mini-vacation and saying yes to all their requests during those trips. What a cool concept.
Our kids and our husbands are so accustomed to hearing us say no, that they’d probably be floored if we said yes to them for one whole day (OK…maybe your husband and kids wouldn’t be, but mine would be!) When your husband asks you to grab him a drink, say yes with a smile and ask what he’d prefer. When your kids ask you to go to the park and swing, do it…even if it means the dinner dishes won’t get washed til later.
Have you ever thought of having “A Day of Yes” at your house or have your ever had “A Day of Yes”? You don’t have to say yes to everyone in one day. You don’t even have to tell anyone. It can be our little secret. Just choose a day and say yes to everything your husband and/or kids request.* Who knows? It could be habit forming!
*Disclosure: I am not recommending that you say yes to anything that would be unsafe for your family! Just say yes to all the common little questions that we tend to put off with a “not today” or a “not right now”.