Yesterday Anna and I took a walk down to the park where the yearly Teddy Bear Picnic was being held! This was our first year ever going and we had a blast! I was quite impressed by the setup our little town had put on for the kids!
Here’s Anna all dressed up and ready to go with her blanket and kitty!
The park! I was surprised by all the booths they had set up, they even brought in a fire truck!
They had a lady doing story time for the kids.
And at another area there was a puppet show!
They also were handing out free nutritious snacks for kids like bananas, watermelon, and a munchie mix. There was a clown doing face painting and another lady with tons of hula hoops for the kids to try! In addition they had tons of bubble wands and bowls of bubbles for the kids to play with! They also had lots of activities for slightly older kids like crafts and an animal hospital! It was a great set up and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
I was worried as to how much fun Anna would have as she is always shy and overwhelmed in these situations….but then she spied the waterpark and nothing else would do until she played at it. I had the choice of either letting my child get potentially soaked on not the warmest of days, or letting her suffer a meltdown and take her home.
Interestingly a few days prior I had read an amazing article on the power of saying yes by Catherine Arveseth on The Power of Moms here. Saying yes can sometimes be a difficult thing for me because I too am stubborn and like to always be in control of a situation, however I let go of all that, took off Anna’s shoes and sweater and let her go to town.
We both ended up having a blast and she actually didn’t get that wet! She preferred just running around in the puddles vs. running under the sprinklers!
Afterwards she then opened up a bunch more with the other kids and activities and tried her hand at blowing some bubbles!
Over the past 2 days alone I’ve really tried saying “yes” more when normally I would say no and it amazes me at how often that activity that Anna wants to do isn’t that messy, or allows the both of us to keep our sanity for a bit longer!
Have you ever said yes when you wanted to say no? Did it turn out in your favour?