Being a kid is hard. Kids hear “no” way more than grown-ups do. As a thinker-too-mucher, and a lover of language, I think of this a lot. And yes, my kid hears no. A lot. In fact, I’m usually thinking too much about saying no too much right after I said no too much. But I try to balance it with a lot of yeses, too. This week, a moment of yes included having her paint my face. Tonight was an extra book before bed. Even though it was late. There will always be noes, but the yes moments help make being a kid a bit easier sometimes. These moments make being a parent easier too.