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Lisa Hendey reviews a family-friendly romp that’s sure to win kids’ hearts and imaginations, now streaming on Netflix.


Always feeling like they have to say NO to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a YES DAY — where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before.

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I love the word “Yes” so much that I actually wrote a whole book about it. This being said, I’m also a mom, so I have said my fair share of “No” responses in life. I recall an argument with my husband Greg that now makes me giggle. When our eldest, Eric, was about nine months old, Greg came home one night from working a long shift as a resident in the Emergency Department. As he entered the door of our apartment, I immediately pounced on him and woke baby Eric from a deep slumber.

“You need to discipline him!” I said urgently. I can’t for the life of me remember what infraction Eric could have possibly committed. He wasn’t even walking yet! All I knew was that Greg usually just got to come home and play with little Eric and that I spent all day doing the heavy lifting and being the bad guy.

Greg’s response was logical: a reprimand so far after the offense wouldn’t make any sense to baby Eric. But Greg also said something that stuck with me for many years. “I’m gone all day. When I come home, I don’t want to say ‘no’. I just want to have fun with him.”

A movie that will remind every parent why an occasional YES matters: @LisaHendey looks at@Netflix's #YESDAY and offers a FREE kit to plan your own family YES DAY #catholicmom

I accepted then that because I was the one mostly home, I would be the heavy, the mean mom. I wore that title for many years, eventually just accepting it even as Greg became more and more involved in day-to-day discipline issues. Saying “No” and being a parent just went together, right?

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Perhaps that’s why I had so much fun watching YES DAY with Jennifer Garner. Anyone who’s ever had a youth filled with adventure and subsequently become a parent will get a kick out of this streaming film’s premise: two parents make a deal with their kids to say “Yes” for a whole day (within reason). What results is a fun romp that will have kids entertained and parents nodding along (but hoping the film won’t give their kids fresh fodder to drive them crazy!)

I recommend watching the film with a big bowl of popcorn and then enjoying this fun family activity kit to plan your own YES DAY. No kids? No problem! Why not plan a “Yes Day” just for you, to remind you of the fun of impromptu craziness?!

In a life filled with “No”, “Yes” moments matter.

Download the free YES DAY Family Activity Kit

YES DAY began streaming March 12 on Netflix and is rated PG for some rude and suggestive material and brief language

A question for you: Are you more of a “yes” person or a “no” person?


Copyright 2021 Lisa M. Hendey
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