When Your Child Says No (3-15-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   It’s OK for children to say no as long as they do what they are told to do.

PRACTICE:   Pay attention to how you feel when a child says no or refuses to do something today.

Think about what you want to do in each situation that will recognize that children say no because they are thinking for themselves.

For example, you could calmly, but firmly, insist the child do what is expected without punishing or criticizing the child for saying no. Be sure to insist that he must do as he is told.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part II. 

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