Thursday, January 13, 2011

Parenting Quick Challenge: Finding Ways To Say Yes to Your Child

Do you feel like you constantly say 'no' to your preschooler?

"No, you can't play with that right now, we have to go to school."

"No, you have to finish your dinner. I know you'll be hungry later if you don't."

Sometimes it's not even your fault:

"No, you can't play outside because it's raining."

Bummer. How negative. And don't you always feel like the bad guy? Then find a way to turn each 'no' into a 'yes'! 

  • We have to go to school, but you can absolutely take that toy in the car
  • I'm happy to let you play for three more minutes before you sit down to eat!
  • Well, it's raining outside, but you can play in the garage with the door open 

Here's my challenge to you: Find a way to say 'yes' to your child every day. Your child will feel empowered and so will you.

How did you say 'yes' to your child today?


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