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7 Responses to Just Say No

  1. Faith Collins

    I help the kids in my play-group say no politely by using the phrase “No, thank you.” They use it with each other during play (sometimes with reminders) and with me when I offer them more food but they don’t need anymore, or if I invite them to help me with a task but they’d prefer to play. Adding that simple ‘thank you’ to the ending can make all the difference between the interaction being gracious or feelings getting hurt.

    • Laura  

      Liam says it “No fanks” and I love it. When he uses that phrase, I know that he is really reaching into himself to make the decision to say no since he’s taken the time to be polite.

  2. Momma Jorje  

    The photo is perfect (for the post)!

    It drives me nuts when a family member tries to convince a child to be affectionate. You can’t force love, why force signs of it? 😛

  3. Janine  


    This is such a big one. We’re lucky that no one really forces my 2 year old yet, but that may change as he gets older & bigger and people stop seeing him as a fragile baby. I’ll definitely be using this advice – Thanks!

  4. Destany

    This is a very good reminder. Often, adults don’t look at their behavior as along the lines of bullying, because they don’t have the intentional malice behind it. But it can be difficult for a child to tell the difference when it comes to coercion, and many adults use similar ploys to get what they want that bullies use. Bribery, coaxing, even warning looks and taking on an abrasive manner – it all comes down to manipulation. If a child is used to going against their feelings and being manipulated, the powerlessness can really harm their self-esteem, as well as teaching them that manipulation is acceptable. I enjoyed your post!

    • Laura  

      You hit the nail on the head… I grew up with those “looks” and have caught myself giving them on occasion. Manipulation is evil and I don’t want any bit of it in my home… older generations have relied on it for years though and making a decision to not bribe, coax, etc. your child in situations like this are not often looked upon with grace. I pray that as I age and my children have their own I can always remember how passionate I am about raising my children to be the best people they can be… even if it means we don’t have dozens of adorable “loving” sibling photos. 🙂