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Saying No to your child for certain things is your way of keeping her physically and emotionally safe. Although she may resent a No from you, it reassures her that you will protect her from going beyond safe boundaries. She learns to build her trust in you. She feels safe knowing she can share her experiences, thoughts, and ideas with you without being judged or put down. She knows she can come to you if she makes a mistake, fails, or even does something wrong. You will be there to guide and support her through all her ups and downs.
Just like a two-year-old feels more secure when you allow her to play in a fenced, safe area rather than in an open neighborhood, so also your child will feel safe only if you set limits and draw boundaries for behavior. So, this means saying NO to things she cannot do, or cannot have. If you never say NO, your child will start to control you. She will not learn patience or know how to handle disappointment. She will always feel entitled. She will always expect to get her way even with others.
Think about why you may hesitate to say NO:
But, instead of simply saying No to everything – here are a few pointers to help you say No while still showing your child that you love and care for her.
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