As a parent, sometimes we find it hard to say ‘no’ to our kids. They will use every argument they can to get what they want. But its also our responsibility to explain to them why it’s a ‘no’ to avoid misunderstanding. For those parents who suffer from this, learn some helpful tips from this article.
Saying no is never easy, but it’s often necessary. Here are several ways to make it easier on both you and your kids.
No. It’s a little word with a lot of influence, especially for parents. Maybe it’s because of what happens after we say the word “no” (you know, the screaming and tantrum-throwing) that we skirt around it, try to disguise it and sometimes just don’t say it all.
“News flash: Kids need you to say ‘no,’” says Lori Freson, M.A., a licensed marriage and family therapist. “Children are not emotionally or developmentally equipped to make major decisions or rules, or to self-regulate. That’s your job. And if you don’t do it, your child will feel a sense of confusion and internal chaos, which could manifest itself in stomach aches, headaches, tantrums, and even ulcers.”
That’s why it’s a big deal every time you dodge “no” for the more kid-friendly “here, get distracted by this ice pop.” But, we all know, putting your foot down can be harder than it seems. We turned to the experts for seven strategies on how to say “no”—and make it stick.