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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.

Set bound­aries

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.

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