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The first time Jack went down this hill (before Tim and I even knew what was happening!), Liam blindly followed. At the bottom, Jack celebrated with hoops and hollers of “THAT WAS AWESOME!!”, as if a whole new world of awesomeness has been opened up to him.

Liam, on the other hand, bailed on the nearby grass and was thankful to still be alive. There would be no repeat performances for him!

Of course Jack decided he would do it over and over again — until mommy freaked out and said enough! I’m pretty sure all the other parents in the park were giving us the evil eye as they watched us let our son do something pretty dangerous (the hill was steep, scattered with loose tree branches, and he’s on a flimsy little scooter that is not meant to go so fast!). But hey, gotta let boys be boys.

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Just Say Yes!

About six months ago, I watched a movie about a man who has to raise his boys alone after his wife dies. I actually turned the movie off half-way through because it was so depressing but the premise of the movie really hit home with me. The father realizes one day that saying no to everything and getting uptight about all the little details of life has seriously strained his relationship with his sons. It made me think of all the things we say no to. Our kids have these crazy imaginations but what if our own limited (adult) imaginations are actually robbing them of the creativity of childhood? So I vowed to just say yes. As much as I can.

And here’s an example of just what that looks like…

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