1. DaLynn McCoy

    Beautiful post, and right on target. This is one of the things I learned while living there in Austin, mostly out of a realization that kids NEED more kid time in order for them to be ABLE to behave and sit still when that is required. In order for things to stay calm and my children’s behavior to be reasonably good, they need the down time – and so do I. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up with Christian Fellowship Friday!
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    • Machelle

      Thanks DaLynn. Also, thanks for inviting me to the Blogathon – and congratulations on your win. I learned some interesting things. It was fun too!
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  2. Brandy

    Hmmm…you have given me a lot to think about here. Honestly, I am kind of a “no” mom, but I never really thought about it this way before. Thanks!
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    • Machelle


      I did better when they were younger. As family crisis’s, stress and a multitude of other things in life were thrown at us, it became easier to say “no”. Then we hit somewhat of a plateau in life. But “no” had become habit by then. Thus I continued in it. I am gradually returning to things I learned years ago : ) I encourage you to experiment and see how your children respond to saying, “yes”. I’m saying a prayer for you in this journey. May you experience the grace you need, if an adjustment in this area of your life is needed. Peace to you and your household!
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  3. Rebecca Reid

    what a great reminder! I totally say NO all the time out of habit. I really must work on that too.
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    • Machelle

      Rebecca, the “no” habit is so easy to fall into! I have to daily remind myself to consider “yes” before jumping on the “no” bandwagon! Thanks for stopping by. When people comment here it helps keep me on track too!
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  4. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    This sounds like a great resolution for all of you (it would be a good one for me too!). And that picture is adorable, by the way!
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    • Machelle

      Thank you Emma. It has been a great relationship builder. Though it is easy to fall back into the “No” mode : ( The picture is of my now 10 year old Joseph. He was about 2 at the time. Someone left his sister’s birthday cake on the table. He decided to ‘dig in’ literally!
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  5. storiesofourboys

    Oh, I say no too much too–especially about having friends over. I find that I have to check myself to see if my reasons are selfish or not….

  6. Mommy Battles

    I catch myself saying “no” more than I would like to. I’m trying to change that and so far I think I’ve made some progress. A great New Year’s Resolution.
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