Friday, September 24, 2010
4. offer opportunities for your children to practice saying "no" -they must have practice and experience with the right of refusal in other areas of life. this is a tough one. we as parents constantly want our children to say YES! we want them to obey, comply, and respect our wishes. we tell them the same when it comes to teachers and other authority figures. i think this is what we should be doing, but we need to keep in mind that there are times we want our children to say no, especially as they gain more independence. so your child is "strong-willed" and "NO!" is their favorite phrase? rejoice! they're getting practice at setting boundaries and saying no to all kinds of unhealthy things:) who knew letting your kid wear the pink shirt and red striped shorts was helping them refuse illegal substances or unwanted physical touch?