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Recently, Netflix released a movie called ‘Yes Day’ starring Jennifer Garner and it is one that every parent needs to watch.
The plot surrounds a family of 4 with a teenage daughter and a younger brother. In this movie, Jennifer Garner acts like an overprotective mother who ends up saying ‘no’ to pretty much everything until her children’s teachers pointed out that their school projects indicate how firm Garner is.
Here’s where the ‘Yes Day’ concept is introduced. As a parent who always says no, having a yes day gives both you and your kids a break and can be exactly what you need.
What is a ‘Yes Day’?
A ‘Yes Day’ is an entire day where you are prohibited from using the word ‘No’ whatsoever. Whatever your kids ask for, you are only allowed to respond using these three letters: YES. However, there are some ground rules for ‘Yes Day’ to prevent a catastrophic disaster from happening.
What ground rules do you need to establish for ‘Yes Day’?
For every family and the kids they have, the rules could differ. But in the movie, the ground rules they established were the following:
- The children were not allowed to ask for anything in the future.
- The children were not allowed to do things that could compromise their safety such as jump out of the window or so.
What is the advantage of having a ‘Yes Day’?
Having a ‘Yes Day’ could be once a month, but the advantage is that you can use it as a source of motivation in order to make ‘Yes Day’ happen. That means that you could motivate the children to do their chores, finish their homework on time, study, behave politely, and follow the rules, just so that they get what they want: Yes Day.
This makes parenting so much easier and motivates the children to be the best versions of themselves.
Does ‘Yes Day’ influence the bond between parents and children?
There are many advantages to ‘Yes Day’ but one of the most important is how it builds a stronger family bond between parents and children. This happens because:
- The yelling and fights to get things done decrease as children are motivated to get their tasks done.
- The children are not affected by the things you say ‘No’ to as parents as they know they can ask for them again on their ‘Yes Day’.
- The entire family has so much fun and lives a stress-free day filled with exciting experiences on a ‘Yes Day’.
- On this day, parents leave their parenting behind and become friends with their children, letting down their guard, making the bonding between them and their kids a lot stronger.
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