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It all began with a couple of bottles of dried up paint.
My kids had been asking to paint for weeks. Each time I inwardly groaned, and cleverly redirected them to another less-messy activity. Because I really hate letting my kids paint. It always starts out fine – they innocently dip their paint brushes, mixing a few colors here and there, giggling and telling me all about the “masterpieces” they’re painting. But after about 10 minutes, it all starts to go downhill – fast! Someone starts mixing all the colors together, someone squeezes out almost an entire bottle of paint, someone starts painting her hand, face, or foot, someone starts smearing huge globs of paint all over the table… When we’re done, my kitchen looks like a rainbow exploded and I swear to myself that I’m never letting the kids paint again!
But last week, I caved. My little artists had asked so many times to paint, and I knew I couldn’t hold out any longer. I opened up the storage box where we keep the painting supplies and (to my secret delight) all the paint was completely dried up. “Oh well! Guess we can’t paint today.”
My kids were heartbroken. My little one cried. Que the mommy-guilt…
That’s when I realized I wasn’t being a very good mom. I was focusing more on the extra work for me and less on the time spent with my children, doing something they enjoy. I decided then and there that I needed to make a change.
So this year, I’m going to make it a point to say “Yes!” to my kids more often than saying no. After all, my kids will only be this little once, and I need to be a more present mom and enjoy them while they’re little. I need to focus more on making memories, even if that means making a mess along the way.
So bring on the paint, the play-doh, the glue, the water beads – all the messy activities I usually avoid. This mama is going to be a “yes mom” this year!
And since I’ll be adding some additional work and clean-up to my already busy days, I’m going to add in a few shortcuts here and there to make my life a little easier. For instance, I’m going to make sure to grab a couple of cans of Well Yes!® soups at the grocery store each time I shop. These soups are so delicious and are crafted with real nutritious ingredients that give me the energy I need to be the best mom I can be. Well Yes! soups contain all my favorite healthy foods, such as chicken meat with no antibiotics, sweet potatoes, kale, and quinoa, and have no artificial flavors or colors. Well Yes! soups are perfect for busy moms, like me, who want to spend more time with our kids, and less time in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes. Because motherhood is exhausting enough as it is! These soups are perfect to heat up for a quick lunch, or even a light dinner. My kids love them too!
By simplifying our meals, I’ll have more time and energy to spend with my kiddos. After all, motherhood is the most important job I have right now, and I want to be the best mama I can be.
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