I feel like I am saying ‘no’ all day long! Don’t touch this or that, no snack, don’t get more toys out… I swear, it never ends till she is in bed.
I read an article by Barbara Coloroso where she suggests that instead of saying no so much, we (parents) should respond with;
* Yes, later (yes, you can have the cookie after dinner)
* Convince me- instead of saying no way you can borrow the car keys… convince me!
* You can use “NO” when is come to safety issues- running in the street or playing with the light socket.
Of coarse, there are parents who have hard time saying no to their kids too. They give in to begging and pleading- wouldn’t want to hurt their self esteem!!