I have two small people. I think you know this, yes?
When they were itty-bitty, there were a few things that I knew I wanted to be as a mother: someone who comforted them, someone who taught them right from wrong, someone who guided them to be good-hearted and someone who brought them boundless joy.
At some point along the way, I realized that most of those ‘someones’ seemed to be happening quite naturally. I WAS guiding them. I WAS teaching them. I WAS comforting them and loving them. It was in my mom DNA. But the JOY… oh the pure JOY required effort. Their needs seemed endless… the changing, the hunger, the playing. There were few things that brought a smile to my face like seeing their smiles, their laughter, their joy. So, I decided to create over-the-top reasons that would allow me to see that sparkle in their eyes.
I created the ‘Yes-Day’. It didn’t happen when they were 6 months old, but rather when they were close to two…. when they could appreciate the difference between a ‘no’ (furrowed brow in response) and a ‘yes’ (JOY!!!)
Allow me to explain…. with the help of my small people. Yet another way that I STILL keep the style in my life… with play and joy!