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One Mom Only Said "Yes" To Her Kids For A Week With Surprising Results

Clark Sparky 9 Feb 2019

This sounds like a terrible idea, but it actually turned out relatively well for this mom.

Kids Ask For A Lot Of Stuff

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Anyone who has kids, or is around them for any length of time, knows they ask for a lot of stuff. Most of it is either expensive, unhealthy, or just totally absurd. You end up saying "no" about 100 times a day.

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The Challenge

One possibly insane mom decided to try saying "yes" to every single one of her two daughters' requests for a whole week. If this sounds like a crazy idea, that's because it is a super freaking crazy idea.

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Some Ground Rules

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First, the mom tried to establish some parameters here:

“There are no rules as such,” I told them, “but remember, if you spend all our money on stuff you want to do and buy, there will be consequences. We might not be able to afford birthday presents – for you or your friends’ parties, food, or even the mortgage. And that could lead us into a lot of difficulties.” Rosie, my eldest (and most sensible) understood and nodded her head slowly and thoughtfully. Poppy squealed with delight and danced around the room.

Apparently her kids know what a mortgage is.

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Making A List

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After that, her daughters, ages 9 and 6, set off to make a list of all the stuff they wanted to hear "yes" in response to.

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School Helped

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The mom says school and other activities did make this challenge a bit easier; had it been during a week-long vacation it would've been much more difficult:

Because we’re a busy, working family and our daughters go to school, as well as breakfast club and after-school club on quite a few days, that threw us a bit of a lifeline.

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Treats

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The top thing on their wish list was treats. There were allowed to eat pudding on demand and got extra sweet snacks in their lunchboxes.

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The Worst Part

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The mom found that her kids didn't really ask for anything too crazy. The worst request was when they asked to do her hair and makeup:

For whatever reason, they decided the best place for my makeover to take place was in the bath. I nervously sat on my hands as I was prodded and poked with eye shadow, mascara, blusher and lip gloss, but I have to say, the end result wasn’t half as bad as I’d expected. In fact, I doubt anyone else would have really noticed much difference, bar the fact my lips were more shiny than usual.

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What She Learned

After the week was over, the mom reflected on what she learned:

The main thing I learned is that everything my kids really wanted to do generally involved spending more time with me or each other. Playing games, painting my nails, having a sleepover in one of their rooms, staying up late with us and making slime.

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Inexpensive

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She was shocked by how inexpensive the challenge ended up being. The mom assumed she would rack up a huge bill from all her kids' demands, but ended up spending about 10 pounds just on some sweets.

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Screw That

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Commenters have mixed feelings about this idea. This dad thinks it's crazy:

Yeah screw that. I could see Soo many ways that could go wrong. Can I try one of your beers? Can I have a new car? Can I watch porn? Can I never be grounded again? Can I have my friends over for a weekend of pizza, enough caffeine to kill a horse, and every new game known to man. Oh and you can forget about me going to school for the next week. The worst is you can't even be angry at your kid because it was YOUR idea

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Not Idiots

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This person thinks kids deserve more credit than we give them:

Children aren't idiots, just inexperienced. I have found that, if you give them credit for having the ability to be reasonable, most will rise to the occasion. The rest are likely to complain and want you to think or decide for them. The main "downside" is that children can be attuned to noticing where you don't know as much as you think you do.

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Where's Jim Carrey

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The whole premise isn't too far from Yes Man, that Jim Carrey vehicle from a few years back. Or the book that the movie is based on.

The big difference is this involves parenting and saying yes to just the kids.

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Gotta Create A Limit

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Gotta have a limit when it comes to this sort of deal. You can't have the kids running around like Thanos, as the commenter above points out.

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Maybe Just Be There?

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If you can take away anything here, it's the mom's takeaway that her kids just wanted to spend time with her. Just be there and support em!

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