School holidays extension: How to plan a ‘Yes Day’ for your kids
With families keeping their children at home, this is the perfect time for parents to say yes.
Yes Day is made perfect by families who’ve set some rules. Picture: iStock
‘Yes Day’, the American family movie that took the world by storm in March 2021 has become a world phenomenon. ‘Yes Days’ have become fun days that families plan together, and always promise to be a thrill.
“No” is a usual word that kids hear when they make some requests. On ‘Yes Day’, nothing deserves a no, but is this practical?
Yes Day rules
To avoid landing up in jail or in the back of an ambulance like how Jennifer Garner did, it is important to set some ‘Yes Day’ rules to ensure you don’t say no, and the kids know their limits.
Set a budget
The kids can’t go to Gold Reef City, Big Bounce, and the Zoo all in one day. If you don’t set a budget with them, then you might go bankrupt. If you have more than one child, set a limit of how much each child can spend on food and treats and account after everyone spends so that they know how far they have gone and how much they have left.
The budget will depend on a family’s affordability. You can stretch it as far as you can and give your child leeway to make some fun requests
Set travel limits
Jimmy cannot request to travel 400km out of town to go see the Lion in Kruger National Park for the day. Unless the park is within a travel distance that you can manage and have agreed on and is within his budget, then there should not be any problems.
So, let the kids know that you guys can go anywhere they want, as long as it is within 50km radius, for instance. It should not suck the fun out of it too much for them but sets limits that don’t suck the fun for parents.
Yes Day cannot affect tomorrow
The requests the kids make cannot be permanent. So, no Lerato. Getting a pet lizard is not part of the deal. They can’t make any requests that will affect the future, like asking someone to move in, or asking the parents to move out.
No illegal activities
You cannot steal things, damage your or other people’s property or put your or others’ lives in danger. This might a tricky one for parents and kids because parenting instincts might kick when a child requests to climb up the tall tree at the park. The kid might feel capable of climbing it, but parents might decide that it is too risky for them to do it.
It is, therefore, important to list legal but dangerous activities that are a no-no for Yes Day.
Chances are your kids will make really bizarre requests, but as long as they are not harmful to their well-being and those around them, then yes it is.
But, what if you say no?
The point is to say yes to as much as possible, but your kids might make the craziest requests like running around the block naked. According to the rules, this is not dangerous not harmful to anyone. But your reputation is on the line and you don’t wanna trend on Twitter.
So, chances are there might be some requests that you decline, but will there be any consequences to that? And what happens if requests are evidently abused by the kids.
In conclusion, Yes Day needs proper planning. So, when you are ready to plan one, give yourselves some time to iron out all the details, and sign some make-shift contracts to ensure that everyone is in agreement.
As much as it sounds like some serious business, it promises loads of fun for families that are in it for just that.