As a mom, it's just easier to say, "No." And there are times for it.
Let me tell you, between having our house remodeled and having it on the market, I've said No to just about everything that either (a) makes a mess, or (b) takes extended Mommy effort for the past two months.
But sometimes...just sometimes, you owe it to your kids (and to yourself) to say, YES:
When they want to wash the car, even though you know it's freezing, it wastes water and they'll leave streaks on the windows (not to mention, it's going to rain tomorrow).
When they want to bake cookies, all by themselves, even when you know you could do it neater and faster (but probably not much better):
When they want to take a bath with a friend, even when you know it will require twenty-two towels to sop up the mess when they play "Mermaid."When they ask for Fruity Pebbles, even though you know it barely qualifies as "food." And then they insist on "feeling" it as it pours from the box into the bowl.
When they ask for a second piece of ice cream birthday cake (and they offer you one, ever so graciously, even though you know it has a million calories and we are eight weeks from swimsuit season):My kids are only small once, and only under my roof for a short time. I want them to remember that their mom said, "Yes," a lot!
How about you?