It was hilarious. Not only for me, because I was trying to keep the atmosphere in my home light and happy, but for my family who were trying to figure this shirt out.
My 9 year old just rolled her eyes and muttered, "Mawm" and walked away.
My 6 year old, kept looking at it saying, N-O, N-O, N-O. "Awe mom," he said when he figured it out, "That's not funny." He's the one that usually get this answer. "That's a lot of no's," he walked away with his head down.
My 4 year old, on the other hand, kept looking and pointing to the letters saying, "there's a lot of letters, mommy". She hadn't a clue.
The best is when my husband walked in the room. No, I didn't purposely plan this but it was funny anyway.
"What! Oh, Great, just great", he said with a chagrin. (I figured why not and see if this shirt could do it's trick even on him) Okay, so he wasn't happy about it. I just laughed.
See all messages were conveyed and I didn't have to say a word.
I just laughed at all the reactions. Of course, the family wasn't laughing, but I was.
Anyway, it was good for me to laugh.
Finally, the family understood it was just a joke and they all returned to their playful ways.
Sometimes raising the kids, the day fills like a lot of "No-s". IT can fell exhausting at times, and overwhelming. Yet, what I've learned is to try to work in a few yes and smiles.
Keep the laughter, Keep the fun.
It was all taken in good humor, but just one of these days I might pull my secret weapon shirt out again and mean business, I mean it :).
Do you think they will get it?
I don't know.
Tip:If you feel your days are overwhelmed with No's sometimes just change the phrase might help.
Instead of NO- say not right now.
Instead of NO-we already did or ate ....
Instead of NO- I will think about it.
Instead of NO- Ask your dad LOL
Anyway, I hope this helps.