Yes or No?

March 26, 2006 @ 6:10 am | Filed under:

I really like this post by Selkie. I definitely started out a yes mom, but as more kids came along I have slipped more and more often into a no-mom default. Takes conscious effort and force of will to remember that Yes is where I want to be. This is why I am constantly reading Charlotte Mason, Louisa May Alcott, L. M. Montgomery, Maud Hart Lovelace, Elizabeth Foss, Karen Edmisten, Madeleine L’Engle, and certain other authors (not to mention regular early-morning phone calls to Alice): to keep that Yes spirit fresh in my mind.

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  1. Angela,Mother Crone says:

    This post really struck a cord with me. I am generally a “yes” mom, in a “no” mom world. Meaning, my kids know I will never say no to anything involving mess, curiousity, silliness, or impracticality (like tents in the living room and raising tadpoles.) However, I do say no to those things that aren’t enriching, edifying, or positive (like too much tv or video games, or name-calling). I hope to have found a balance, as all the kids’ friends want to be at our house, and we are viewed with equal admiration by their parents. But, it is hard work to not let outside influences (very “no”) alter you!

  2. Karen E. says:

    Oh, Lissa, you are FAR too kind, and put me in company that is FAR too good for me.

    *I* am the one who reads *you* for the same reason.

    Funny coincidence, too: I have only seen Selkie’s blog once or twice, but happened to click over the other day, and read the Yes/No post and loved it!