HOW TO DO A YES DAY WITHOUT CRACKING UP!
Tell them in advance
Part of the fun of a Yes Day is the build-up and the excitement, so give them a few days’ notice and use the time to plan.
It’s best if your kids don’t think they can go to Disneyland/ buy a pony/ dye their hair/ do something illegal. You could agree that they can stay up late, but not past a specific time. And no future-tense questions — they can’t ask “Can tomorrow be Yes Day too?” like mine did.
Plan and negotiate beforehand
A Yes Day sounds like a go-with-the-flow type activity but if your kids want a particular breakfast cereal or to go bowling, you may need to buy/ book in advance.
And because it’s not possible to fit everything everyone wants into 24 hours, it’s good to do the negotiating beforehand, and to find an activity that all the kids enjoy. (I’m just glad they didn’t know about Jennifer Garner’s tent.)
Set price limits
You may wish to have a ceiling on how much can be spent to cover activities and treats – our €30 just about covered the play centre and the donuts. As for future dental costs, I’ll keep you posted.