Parents, Should “No” Always Mean “No”?

by Michael T. Graham Jr. – Oct 14


As a parent I find it very difficult at times to know when it is appropriate to change your mind after telling a child “no.” In an article entitled, “Parents, Let Your ‘No’ Be ‘No’,”  Sam Crabtree address this very issue.  In the article he gives fives reasons to live by this rule and an exhortation about learning to lovingly says yes.
1. Rewarded behavior becomes repeated behavior.
2. Inconsistent words become mistrusted words.
3. Subverted authority develops into disregarded authority.
4. Disregarding parental authority leads to disregarding spiritual authority.
5. A loving, consistent “no” will shape your children.
Exhortation: Let Your Loving “Yes” Be Frequent

Parents, Let Your ‘No’ Be ‘No’