New Birthday Tradition: Make it a ‘Yes’ Day

I’ve been in a fog a lot lately.Not sure why, but I can’t seem to snap out of it. I even almost forgot to plan George’s 3rd birthday party, even if it is a low-key birthday party.

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Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t miss George’s birthday, but almost… I knew it was coming up, but I kept putting off… and before I knew it, it was a week before the party and I had no invites, or even a theme [of any sort] planned. Granted, we don’t go big at all for our parties, we tend to keep them very low-key. But I usually make my kids invitations and have a great birthday cake to go with it.

And I had none of that going…. so I made some quick phone calls, put out an event on Facebook and made sure everyone got invited. Phew.

But man, I felt bad! Not that George will know any different… but I had to make it up to him.

Enter… the new birthday tradition… a Yes Day.

Make it a Yes Day Birthday Tradition

This is going to become a birthday tradition for each kid!

I first heard about doing a ‘Yes’ Day from Erica of What Do We Do All Day? It’s simple really. If a child has a request on that day, the answer is yes!

How did our ‘Yes’ Day turned out? Awesome! I highly recommend doing this at least once a year for each of your kids. Make it their special day!

Happy Kid after a fun Yes Day as a new birthday tradition

Yes George, pancakes for breakfast!

Yes George, you can ride your new bike in the house.

Yes George, you can have Neapolitan ice cream!

Yes George, we can go to the movie!

I even overheard Henry say, “Hey George, today, whenever you ask us something, we’re going to say yes!”

I felt like it was a great way to slow down and make your child’s day. A simple yes can go a long ways. And perfect for a birthday.

Yes George, you can open the presents!

Yes George, eat all the ice cream you want.

More ice cream George? Yes!

More ice cream on a Yes Day!

I’m glad that George ended up with a very fun day for this birthday, even though it started out with my in such a fog to get it ready.

Are you ever in a fog like that? How do you snap out of it?

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Comments

  1. Claudia says

    What I do is I take a break and take a time by myself and relax by listening to relaxing music while I seat on a comfortable chair, that really helps me. I use a planner and follow a schedule for the day.

  2. says

    My best tip for conquering lateness is preparing things the night before if you can! I lay out clothes, make lunches and even lay out my children’s breakfast bowls and spoons! For appointments I have a planner and always try to arrive 30 minutes early so if something happens like traffic I generally arrive on time!

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  4. says

    I feel like I’m in that fog too often. Lack of sleep is a big problem in this house with my twins not entirely sleeping through the night still! I schedule the coffee maker to start brewing early in the morning, so I can get some in me right away (saves time!) and help wake me up a little.

  5. Wehaf says

    To deal with lateness, I try to be very organized and have things planned ahead of time. To snap out of a fog, I like to take a mini break and some deep breaths.

  6. Susan Smith says

    When I get into a fog I go for a walk. It’s a good way to wake my body and mind up. I find that when I get enough sleep that doesn’t happen very often.

  7. Kerry says

    A lot of times getting up and being active helps me get out of a fog. I really love walks, so going for a walk usually snaps me back to clarity!

  8. says

    in hindsight, I would recommend checking to see when you are supposed to have your next physical, lab (thyroid, glucose),pap cbc etc. The reason I say hindsight is that I neglected it and the fog turned out to be why I had lost so much weight my clothes were falling off of me and the fog kept getting foggier. Not trying to be alarming but mommy/wife does not always take care of herself.No you are not too busy, your family is counting on you to take proper care of yourself.

  9. says

    I snap of of my fog by taking a shower, then have a strong cup of coffee and spend some time with my kids at the park. :) exercise (a.k.a chasing my kids) helps the most.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  10. says

    I put reminders on my phone one and two days ahead of time for events. I also leave the house 10 mins earlier than I should leave so that way in case I hit traffic or something comes up i’m still on time or early. My dad taught me it was always better to be early than late or on time!

  11. Tabathia B says

    I use my calendar on the phone and set reminders and I set my alarm clock to go off 15 minutes early

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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