The recent release of the movie “Yes Day” on Netflix has led many parents to wonder, should I be giving my kids their own YES day?
In the film, two parents (played by Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramírez) give their three kids anything they want for a day. While some ideas are harmless fun (like giving mom a makeover), others are obviously meant for entertainment (like driving through a carwash with the windows down).
Nevertheless, giving your kids a day where they get to be the center of attention could be a good idea. “Kids spend so much of their time confined to the restraints parents, teachers, and society impose on them,” explains life balance expert Julie Frumin. “As long as there are some guidelines in place to ensure their safety, I think a ‘yes’ day is a great idea! Start with your kids, then give yourself one next!”
How to Plan a YES Day
Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to plan a yes day with your family.
Set safety guidelines
Every yes day needs at least a few safety precautions. Follow the laws, and don’t say “yes” to anything that could endanger your family or someone else. (That means that no, your 12-year-old cannot drive the car.)
Set your budget
Some families are OK spending money on a yes day, such as going to an amusement park or getting takeout for dinner. Others need to keep their yes day budget low. Make sure everyone in the family knows the budgetary rules ahead of time.
Be prepared for anything
You need to be in the right mindset for yes day to work. Choose a day when you know you can spend some extra time cleaning up messes or driving out of your way. Block off the entire day from work so you can focus 100 percent of your attention on your kids.
Ease into it
If a full yes day is too much for you right now, you can still enjoy the concept in smaller doses. Don’t get caught up in the idea of having to say yes to everything. Instead, keep your focus on doing things with your kids you would typically say no to, even if that’s just saying “yes” to letting them stay up an hour later to watch a movie with you.
Get the family involved
Yes day should be a family affair. That means getting everyone from your toddler to your teenager on board with spending the day together. Expect a few eye rolls from your teen or tween. Once they start hearing “yes,” they’ll have just as much fun as everyone else.
Say YES to Your Wellness
Why should kids have all the fun hearing “yes?” Treat yourself to a yes day! Join us at the California Health and Longevity Institute for an indulgent spa treatment, rejuvenating workout, or mindful retreat.
Check out our calendar to see what events we have coming up for you to say “yes” to.