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Reasons Why It’s OK for Parents to Say NoPublic temper tantrums can be threatening, the tears can be tempting and the pouty face can be cute; but parenting experience has taught us that saying “no” is sometimes the best thing to do. We all want to see our children happy but we also want to be respected when we make the decision to say “no.” Here are some reasons why we cave in and why we should say “no” sometimes.

1. We don’t have the time to go back and forth

Many parents cave into their children’s antics because of lack of time. We parents don’t want to deal with an hour worth of begging, so we say “yes” to eating cake before dinner to save time. The more times we do this though, a certain level of respect is lost and it could be hard to get back. If you are naturally non confrontational, don’t make it an argument. Firmly state that the answer is “no,” clearly explain why and move on. If your child insists on begging or acting out, simply ignore it.

2. We don’t want our children to grow up feeling defeated

Some parents have great worries that hearing the word “no” will negatively affect their child’s self-esteem. We want our child to grow up believing that they can command what they want in life and their belief in themselves can dictate their outcomes. But it’s an important lesson to learn that there will be hurdles and rules to abide by in life and all journeys are not easy. When you say “no” and provide them with adequate reason for why this is the answer, their self-esteem isn’t damaged. To the contrary, morale is built. You are teaching your child a thing or two about self-control.

3. Your child is wearing the pants these days

The last thing you want between you and your child is a power struggle. You are the parent and you are in charge. This does not mean your child will not be given choices or will not learn to lead. When you are dealing with a young child however, it is very important to instill respect, boundaries and self control in your child from an early age. By caving in every time your child shouts and screams despite what is right and what is wrong, you are ultimately forfeiting your power. This can be incredibly damaging as your child becomes older.  If you have already gotten to the point where your child isn’t accepting your “no” for an answer, it’s time to make some changes.

What’s something your child wanted recently that you had to say “no” to? Tell us in the comment section below!

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