It has always been my parenting philosophy that if something won't matter 10 years down the road, it won't matter today. With a philosophy like that, you would think it would be easy to say YES often. But temporary comfort and ease interfere with the best-laid philosophies and too often I say NO instead because I don't want to clean up the mess, don't want to deal with the fall-out, and am just plain lazy and selfish.
My friend Jessica Bowman over at Bohemian Bowmans is challenging me (and everyone else) to "say yes" more often. And she's right.
So yesterday I said yes. A friend of my daughters' is moving away soon and they want to squeeze as much time as possible in with her before she goes. When they asked yesterday if she could sleep over this weekend instead of thinking about how much the house needs to be cleaned and how I'll have to restock the fridge and what a pain it is to come up with additional sleeping space in our house and how annoying giggling girls at 4 AM are, I just said, "Yes."
There will probably be some panic cleaning. And I'll have to restock the fridge. And I'll probably have to tell them to "keep it down" a million times before I fall asleep. But it's worth it to say YES.
Jessica asked for pictures with this post, but the forthcoming event hasn't happened yet. I'll update over the weekend with pictures of giggling girls at 4 AM.