💡A better way to say "No"

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“But a mountain of recent evidence suggests that teacher skill has less influence on a student's performance than a completely different set of factors: namely, how much kids have learned from their parents, how hard they work at home, and whether the parents have instilled an appetite for education.” ― Steven Levitt


A Better Way to Say “No”


Saying "no" to your kids is unavoidable. The way in which you convey that "no" really matters though. Here are some strategies for lowering the odds of dramatic pushback.

The direct "no" can seem harsh and may not offer room for understanding or discussion. Instead, consider rephrasing to explain the reason behind the denial. For instance, rather than saying "No, don't climb that," you could say "It's not safe to climb that because it can’t support your weight." This gives context and helps kids understand why they’re being denied. Research supports that kids are more likely to comply with a request when they understand the reason behind it.

Sometimes, offering an alternative can be effective instead. If a child wants candy before dinner, instead of a straightforward "no," you might say, "You can have it after you finish your meal." This way, you’re not merely restricting but giving them a path to what they want.

Finally, sandwiching “no” between two “yeses” can help the message resonate. For example: “Yes, you can have a turn. Your friend just started, so they get to finish first. But, then it’s your turn.”

A softer, more explanatory form of "no" can be the difference between compliance and a blow-up. It allows children to understand why an action is prohibited, respects their growing independence, and often sets the stage for a discussion rather than a confrontation.


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