The Week I Chose to be a Yes Mom


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Before any of you should begin to compare yourself to me and think that I am some wonderful mother for saying yes to my kids this week, I will confess that it was out of sheer desperation.  I have said it before and I’ll say it again, God has quite a sense of humor.  Of our 8 kids, to have two boys on the end was just a deal of fate that baffles me to this day.  Yes my nearly 3 and nearly 6 year-old young sons have driven me to extremes.

I have had it with their pranks, their confounding ability to cut, poke, and otherwise destroy anything – anything – in our home in the few seconds that you have turned your eye.  It hasn’t helped that my husband has been out of town for the past two weeks.  They are his special friends and he spends most evenings wearing them out one way or another for me.

When I collapse into bed at night, my thoughts and prayers have been about these boys!  Surely I have been at this motherhood thing long enough to have some strategy, some trick of the trade to  help them be, well, less destructive?

Because the goal of this blog is to encourage you, I will share my plan of attack – which was, by the way, very successful!

First, we drove to the local discount store and invested in my mental health by buying the biggest plastic wading pool that would fit in the back of my goldfish encrusted Excursion.

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Notice in the nearly 3 year old’s hand the math manipulatives fashioned into a sword!

Next, we loaded that cart with all of the water toys that we could imagine – squirt guns, rubber duckies and other scoops and cups…one single lane Slip and Slide, one shade tent, one tube of 30SPF waterproof sunscreen, a family-sized box of goldfish and a case of juice boxes.

We also added a gallon of bubble mix and a canister of bubble wands, finger paints and two identical superman capes, because there needs to be room in this house for two supermen!

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As you can see, I was determined to break the cycle of destruction and bring peace back to the land!

Here are the results:


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Notice the hammer behind Ben on the broken rock wall. See what I mean?!



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Tell me, how was your week?

Related Posts:

What I Love About Raising Sons

For When You are Tempted to Not Like Your Kids

The Strong-Willed Child:  Handle With Heart

Dear Discouraged Mama


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Marianne Sunderland

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  1. I love sensory play. It helps our destructive kid too. She is 12 and special needs. I don’t have lots of hope that she will drastically change into a polite and gentle person some day. One of my main goals everyday is how to keep her out of trouble and wear her out so she will sleep at night. She has improved through the years, but locks on lots of things and sensory play are still my favorite options.
    Blessings, Dawn

    • Marianne says:

      I’ll have to look up more ideas for sensory play for them. I do think they really enjoyed it and they were happily occupied most of the day for a lot of the week!

  2. OH, I just love your honesty and your heart — and even your goldfish encrusted Excursion! Your post made me laugh out loud, but I know you must be a very exhausted mom — but from the looks of all these pictures I would say your boys are ABUNDANTLY blessed to have you as their momma.

    Hugs to you! Thank you for linking with Collage Friday!

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