Too often as a mom, I find myself saying “NO.” Not to be mean, but because I’m in the middle of something, trying to meet a deadline, or I’m tired. It’s so easy to just say:
Not right now.
But what if there is no “later?”
I’m not saying that something bad will happen — but rather, what happens when that moment is gone? Maybe they won’t ask again. There was an opportunity to connect, and it was missed.
But what if I said “YES?”
When I’m sitting on the couch working on my laptop and my toddler runs over with outstretched arms to be picked up, and in her pleading tone asks ‘PEEAASEE?”
Today I said “YES.” I shut my computer and squeezed her tight. She laughed and bounced in my lap with glee. All she wanted was to be close to her mama. One word made her completely happy in that moment.
One word held so much power.
At night my oldest daughter asked for a bedtime story. It was already getting late. It was a bit past their bedtime. I was exhausted. I thought in my head: not tonight, it’s too late already. But out loud, I said “YES.”
Her face lit up — she hadn’t expected that answer. One chapter and ten minutes brought such joy to the end of her day.
How simple it was to say “YES.” Yet, how powerful an impact.
You’ll never regret the hugs.
You’ll never regret the smiles and the laughs.
You won’t even regret the extra ten minutes past bedtime.
But you will regret missing those special moments, those fleeting moments that might only present themselves once.
You won’t regret saying “YES.”
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