A few weeks ago, the Internet was treated to this Instagram selfie of Jennifer Garner, looking beyond exhausted. The caption read: You’ll never need coffee more than the day after “Yes Day!” In addition to the awfully brave and honest depiction of motherhood, the photo generated attention for its reference to Yes Day, a children’s book and concept pioneered by author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, in which you say “yes” to all your kids’ desires for just one day (within reason, of course).
I found the idea of doing a Yes Day intriguing. I’m kind of a control freak as a parent, and the idea of granting the kids’ every wish terrifies me. I’m envisioning a lot of gum chewing and completely trashed bedrooms. But it would be nice to let down my guard for just one day and interesting to see what the kids actually ask for. Plus, isn’t this the kind of stuff that childhood memories are made of?
Then again, there are those totally opposed to a day where the kids have free rein. As the writer of this Redbook article states, “It’s just another excuse to spoil children who already have way too much.” She goes on to add, “Kids need boundaries. Saying ‘no’ isn’t just part of the job description — it’s our moral obligation in the fight against greed, selfishness, and entitlement.”
I don’t disagree, but still … it would be just one day. What do you think? Are you on board with the idea, or are you saying no way to Yes Day?