Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

Chocolate Pudding Smiley
Not in the tub; hard to believe  but on that day I forgot to snap pictures!

chocolate pudding smiley







Here’s a credo to live by: Just say YES. Unless there is a compelling reason, like danger, disregard of others or it’s totally irresponsible, why not just say yes?

  • “Mom, can we make chocolate pudding in the bath tub?”
  • “Boss, if I come in an hour early and skip taking lunch, could I leave  2 hours early this one time?”
  • “Teacher, could I take the test a day early so my family can take     a long weekend?”


“Yes.” “Yes.” “Yes.”

So often people in authority respond with a knee jerk, “No.” I’m not sure where that comes from, but it sure is prevalent.  Saying, “No.” is certainly easier because saying, “Yes” often leads to work.

It was when my kids were young that I first adopted the Just Say Yes approach. And yes, they did make chocolate pudding in the tub. Why not?  And now it’s a fond memory for all of us.

As a teacher, everyday, I still use the Just say YES Credo. Why not a spontaneous, “Yes!” instead of a knee jerk, “No!”? The kids in my life know that if they propose something, they are very likely to get an enthusiastic, “Yes!” from Teacher Ruth.

I remember once I answering my phone and hearing a little voice say, “Will you take me to the park?”  It was the son of a friend. His mom had said no, so he gave me a call. L.O.L., that warmed my heart.

It also opened his mom’s eyes. She told me later that in that moment she realized the neighborhood kids who saw me as the Yes Mom, saw her as the No Mom. She decided, then and there, to become a Yes Mom.

Here’s to more Yeses in all of our lives.

Smile. Be Happy. Ruth

P.S.: To quote one of my favorite people ever: I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said “yes,” when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else. – Fred Rogers


Ruth Kaiser

Ruth Kaiser is a preschool teacher, TED Talk speaker, children's author, AND the creator of the popular online art project SpontaneousSmiley.com where thousands of people find, photograph and share Smiley Faces they find in everyday objects.

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