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Why You Should ‘Aim for Yes’ With Your Kids

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Kids hear a lot of “no” throughout the course of a day. No, you can’t stay up as late as you want; no, you can’t ride your bike without a helmet; no, you can’t shove your sister. It’s easy for “no” to become somewhat of a reflex answer to any new or odd request, often before you’ve even really processed it (the same way kids also seem to lean toward “no” with us). “No” often requires less time and less effort on our part.

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But Joanna Goddard writes for A Cup of Jo that, as a young parent, she heard some parenting advice that stuck with her: Challenge that tendency toward the automatic no, and “aim for yes.” Because some things are always going to be a “no”—and rightfully so. But not everything has to be, Goddard explains:

For example, here are few recent scenes at home:

  • Toby wanted to wear his bathing suit in the bath
  • Anton wanted to jump from one sofa to the other
  • Toby wanted to mix milk and water
  • Anton wanted to wear pajamas to the grocery store
  • Anton wanted to lie down on the skateboard
  • Toby wanted to wear shorts on a chilly day
  • Anton wanted to sleep upside down (feet on pillow)

My knee-jerk reaction is sometimes to say no—I mean, just hop in the bath, just drink your milk—but then I think: why not? If it’s not hurting anyone, and they find it exciting or enticing for some reason, who cares? “Aim for yes” runs through my mind, and I say go for it.

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Saying yes encourages their creativity. It gives them more opportunities to explore, to indulge their curiosity, and to build their confidence.

If they want to wear last year’s Halloween costume to the store? Sure, I guess, why not? If they want to pull all your pots and pans into the middle of the kitchen floor to create the world’s most annoying drum set? There are worse things; have at it! Whenever you have the extra time (or patience), you can try to aim for yes.


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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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