Ten Things I Should Say More Often

10 things I should say

This week for Tuesday Ten, Lisa and Rabia challenged us to think of ten things we should say more often, and I have to admit, I had trouble with this one! Here’s what I came up with.

10. “What game do you want to play?” So often I get stuck in “I have to get things done” mode when my daughters are in “We want to play” mode. I need to give in and play with them while they are still little!

9. “It’s okay if you make a mess. We can clean it up together.” Many projects my daughters want to do are messy. But they are also so fun!

8. “Thank you for making the coffee.” My husband makes the coffee every single day. I love him for it!

7. “I need help.” I need to get over my “mommy martyr status” and ask my family to help around the house. My daughters can easily help me load and unload the dishwasher and put away the laundry!

6. “Yes, you can help me.” Sometimes they want to help, but I just want to do it myself because it’s easier! If my daughters learn how to do something, they will do it better next time. For example, I have trouble letting them help me bake. They love to break the eggs and beat them, but it’s so much easier (and less messy) if I do it myself.

5. “No.” Sometimes I just need to say “no” instead of “maybe,” and stick with it. No means no, especially when Emmy wants candy for breakfast.

4. Saying “yes” and then following through. I’ve told my daughters that yes, we could do something, and then I put of off until we never actually do it!

3. “You are awesome.” My kids already know I think they are awesome. But does my husband? I need to say this to him more often. Because he is pretty awesome.

2. “I’m listening.” And then I need to really listen. To my kids, my husband, my sisters…really listen.

1. I say it often, but it always bears repeating: “I love you.”

What things do you want to say more often?

Tuesday Ten is hosted by Lisa from The Golden Spoons and Rabia from The Liebers. Visit their blogs for more Tuesday Ten!

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22 Responses to Ten Things I Should Say More Often

  1. Amber says:

    Great list. I really need to say when I need help more too. And yes. I’ve been working on the yes thing. I don’t always want to tell my kids no if all they want to do is play with me. Yes, sometimes they request odd games but they’ll only want to be around me for so long so I try and say yes.
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  2. Tamara says:

    Just more thank yous in general in my house. “Thank you for putting the kids to bed.” “Thank you for getting up at 4:30am with Des. I swear he sleeps until 8:00 on my days.” “Thank you for cleaning up that terrible poop diaper so I could read blogs.”
    That last one is a gem.
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  3. These are good ones. I probably should said #7 a lot more!
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  4. Gretchen says:

    Ah! Amen to 7, 6 and 5! I’m with you. Hey, this Tuesday 10 thing is fun. Maybe I should jump in next week since Random Tuesdays is on hold for a while. How do I get the topic and link?
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  5. Krissy P says:

    Ohhh, what a fabulous list! These are so special and things I know I should be saying more as a stay-at-home mom. Thank you for the gentle reminder.
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  6. debby9972 says:

    That is a great list!
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  7. Our lists are very similar! I really need to work on #9. When my kids ask to do something that is going to be messy, I automatically cringe and my first instinct is “No!” I need to work on that one for sure! Thanks for linking up again!!! :-)
    Lisa @ The Golden Spoons recently posted…Tuesday Ten Linkup – Things I Should Say More OftenMy Profile

  8. Dana says:

    This is an excellent list – I would add every item on it to my own list. I’d also add “I’m turning off the computer and going to bed.” I really need to say this more often, and before midnight.
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  9. Our lists are so similar! I said a lot of the same things you did. If I could say anything at all though and have it come true it would be “please let me go take a nap.”
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  10. Kim says:

    What a great list of things to say more often!! I agree with so many of these things!! And, very true about the games and kids helping – my boys are teens and now I’m the one asking them to play a game!
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  11. I love and appreciate your #7! Asking for help is something I should definitely say more often! Don’t know why I don’t. The result would make me so much happier than I am when I go into “martyr” mode. Love how you phrased that! Excellent list! :)
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  12. #7 on your list reminds me of this list I’ve seen floating around Facebook about age-appropriate chores for children. Have you seen it? If not, I’ll send it to you if I see it pop up again.

    Love the photo at the top!
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  13. Great list….sometimes I wish I’d said yes to my kids more often when they were younger, and let the housework wait.

  14. I am loving how everybody is putting “I love you” on their list. It’s such an important thing to say and you really can’t hear it too often!
    Rabia @TheLiebers recently posted…#TuesdayTen: Things I Should Say More Often in My House {LinkUp}My Profile

  15. I am always saying I Love You to my husband and kids, but what I really need to learn to do is say no and mean it when I tell my kids this. I sometimes will cave give in, because I am a softy at heart, but I need to hold my ground more often I suppose.
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