Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Yes Day: A Back to School Tradition

This last Saturday we had one of our favorite back to school traditions, our Yes Day.  Yes Day is a day that the answer to every question is Yes!

Now before you think we are totally crazy, there are rules going into Yes Day.

Yes Day

The Yes Day Rules
  • Money limit: We set a limit as to how much money can be spent that day; if their requests were going to be more than that, then it does not qualify.
  • Money must be spent equally.
  • No fighting, arguing or whining or yes day will end.
  • Everyone must agree on what things we are doing, each person can have a turn picking their favorite but all have to agree.
  • Nothing is allowed that will make you sick-- i.e. if you eat ice cream at every meal you also need to eat something healthy
  • Only the answer "yes" is allowed
  • The Yes Day will end at the designated time, no asking if Yes Day can go on forever. 
  • Have fun!

Our Yes Day 2016
   This year due to some crazy schedules, our Yes Day was a couple of weeks before school started.   Ryder was especially excited about the day.  
Yes Day

At 7:00 A.M. Alex and Ryder came into our room asking if we could get up, which of course we had to answer yes.  

It was then off to donuts for breakfast. 

Krispy Kreme Donuts
 They were asking for 5 donuts each; this is where the money rule can come in handy, as we pointed out how much money that would take if we bought that many donuts.  So we didn't break the rules by saying no, but helped them settle on 3 each on their own.  

Our Yes Day

We then went an saw the new Ice Age movie, I really wanted to see the Secret Life of Pets- but this is their day, so we saw what they wanted.

Seeing Ice Age 2

After the movie we wandered around the mall and stopped at the Apple Store.  My husband secretly convinced Lucas to ask me if we could stop there and of course I had to say yes,

At the Apple Store

Next stop was a candy store at the mall where everyone picked out a small bag of candy.  

Candy Store

Followed by lunch at The Blaze Pizza.

Eating at Blaze Pizza

Then you will never guess what happened next, they asked if we could go home and just hang out.  Our full morning exhausted them by 1:00.   We went home, played games and just hung out.

Every year that we have done this (this is our 4th year), I am always amazed at how simple the day becomes in a lot of ways.  Lucas is still excited about it, but definitely not as much as he used to be, but Ryder was literally counting down the days.  This is a tradition that we will continue to keep around for a few more years.

See our last Yes Days here- 2013 Yes Day//2014 Yes Day// 2015 Yes Day

Do you do a Yes Day or another fun back to school tradition?  


  1. This is such a fun idea! And I love the money limit. That's what's had me nervous about doing this, is having the kids ask for things that would mean our yes day would be way out of my budget!

    1. Yes you have to have that or the whole day just won't work

  2. This sounds like a great idea!! My kids are 3 and 11 weeks, so we're not quite there yet, but only too soon!!

  3. Sounds like a great day was had! I am definitely hoping to be able to do this with our three boys before too long :)

    1. I hope you do, it is fun and a great tradition

  4. What a fun tradition! I've never heard of this before but it would be perfect to implement it into our family right now since my oldest daughter is starting pre-K next month.