"Just Say No to Your Kids"
Saying “No” to your child is difficult, especially when the No is likely to produce a temper tantrum in a public place. However, you must gird your loins and do it anyway…especially in a public place. I was watching Jennifer Lopez on American Idol the other day, and I was struck by how similar her dilemma is to this topic. She knows she has to tell the woefully untalented yet appealing contestant “No,” but she REALLY doesn’t like it. It’s almost painful to watch her struggle. Parents face the same dilemma every day. It’s hard to say “No” to that sweet little face, even harder when that little face is whining at the decibel level of your garden variety jet plane…but YOU MUST!
Just think of the consequences of the alternative: American Idol would have 100,000 contestants, and your child would grow up to be unemployable. Kids need rules and guidelines to know what behavior is acceptable in social situations and what is not. The most important rule in parenting is, “No means no.” Right behind, “If you wear a shirt that shows your belly, so will I.”
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