So often during the school year, I have to say "no" to the boys. They have to get enough sleep every night, and I have to keep some semblance of order in the house, and I need to get certain things done by certain times, and nap times have to be timed just perfectly between lunch and pick up.
For the last week, I've let things go a little. I've said "yes" to 10 more minutes in the sprinkler, "yes" to doing a puzzle instead of getting out the door, "yes" to a snack at an odd time, "yes" to staying up a little later with Daddy.
The result has been a much happier home. The kids are more at ease, and my mindset has let go of schedules in favour of easy-going. Sure, there are still times when I have to say "no," but I am amazed at how often my instinct is "no" when it could just as easily (or not as easily, but still able to) be "yes."