What Is Good about Saying No? (6-3-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   No-saying is the start of something good – thinking for oneself.

PRACTICE:  Today, think about the last time your child was saying no, resisting, or refusing.

Assume this was his way of showing he had his own ideas. What he was really saying is, “I’ll do it my way, thanks very much!”

Make a list of how you could react knowing that you want your child to learn to think for himself.

Think of all the ways you can let him know he will have to do as he is told, but you are glad he is learning to think for himself.

Pick one of your ideas to try the next time your child is saying no, resisting, or refusing.

Celebrate that your child is working toward thinking for himself.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, GEORGE UPSIDE DOWN.  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 Meet Kids Where They Are.

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