Standing Your Ground When Your Children Say “No”

Monday’s Parenting Thought
Learning to say no when you should is an important thing to learn – for both
kids and adults.
Does this mean we should let kids do anything they want when they say “no”? Absolutely not.
  1. You can allow the no-saying, but not the no-doing.
  2. You can tell them, they can complain, but they still have to do what they are told.
  3. If tantrums are part of their no-saying, you can tell them you won’t let them hurt people or things while they are mad and frustrated.
  4. You can use your friendly muscles to hold them or move them in order to protect them and insist they do things like get out of a car or go in or out of a store.
Inspired by the picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.
More about children and no-saying at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part II.

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