The kids have always had a thing for playing in the front yard. It must be a combination of it being “out of bounds” because we prefer to be out front with them and that they love interacting with the world/people who pass by.
There have been many times that we have said no to them asking.
The other day there was a new approach to asking that I thought was quite ingenious.
Luke: “dad, can I go out front to be in the beautiful sunshine?”
Dad: “uh, um, of course”
Sixty seconds later
Lily: “Dad, can i go out front and be in the beautiful sunshine?”
Beyond being charmed, the event solidified a belief that Luke and Lily contrive, practice there methods of getting what they want.
The other day Lily and I were getting ready to go out. Lily still had on her pajamas and I suggested she changed into some day clothes. I saw her hesitate (she was wearing a new pair of cozy flannel pj bottoms) and I said:
“Do you want to keep those pants on?”
to which she said “Yes”
I then proceeded to fold some clothes to put in a bag and bring with us, to which she asked: “What are you doing?”
I replied: “I am bringing these clothe in case you change your mind later”
Lily: “Daddy, I NEVER change my mind about anything!”