10 Secrets Every Parent Needs to Know about Saying No

10 Secrets Every Parent Needs to Know about Saying No

In my post Obedience: Why Do You Have To Tell Them Five Times? we explored why kids don`t jump to it when we ask them to do something. Many parents told me that post helped them understand conflicts from their child`s perspective, which made it possible to find some common ground and more cooperation. As always, a few parents advocated more harshness: "Parents just need to learn to say No and back it up with punishment!"

But even many parents who are committed to loving guidance wondered, "How can I enforce my No if I don`t resort to threats?"

This is, of course, the million dollar question. All parents wish their children would just comply when we ask them to do something, and acquiesce easily when we say No. We don`t want to be mean about it. But we do need them to cooperate!

Luckily, it is indeed possible to help children WANT to cooperate, without resorting to yelling, threats or harshness. The secrets?


Kathleen Notes: Being reasonable, firm and attuned to their emotions are good places to start.

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