In a culture that screams “Yes” to every one and everything that the world has to offer, I am a mean mom that says “No” quite often.
“No” to ideology that says truth is relative.
“No” to many movies, music and moments that turn the brain to mush.
“No” to the laziness and disrespect that teens exhibit way too often.
“No” to…well, I guess you get the picture.
The hard reality is that I want to be a “Yes Mom. ” I want to say “yes” to everything that they desire. I want them to shower me with instant praise and gratitude for always saying “yes.”
I don’t want to be the only mom who doesn’t let them…
But, guess what? The Lord has graciously given these blessings to us for a minuscule period and I know that “instant yes” is not always in their best interest.
So I choose to be a “Yes Mom” in the little things. The moments that will impact them for eternity. Moments that shape who they are. I say “yes” to the little things that take their breath away, and then even moments that will be solidified in their mind as plain, silly, wholesome fun.
My desire is that they will always remember me as a “Yes Mom.” A mom who cares enough to say “No” in the hard moments, but relish my “Yes” in the magical ones.
So instead of saying, “No, don’t try on those crazy wigs, you’ll get lice,”
I just said “YES.”
Decades from now, I pray that my daughters and nieces will always remember this “Yes Moment.”
I want to be a YES MOM, don’t you?