Things to Keep in Mind When Saying “No.”

When to say no and when to let things go is one of the most complicated parts of parenting. Here are some ideas that can help.

1. Use the word “no” wisely, pick your battles.

2. Say “no” calmly and clearly whenever possible. A brief explanation can be more effective than a wordy one.

3. Remember that children often get upset when they are told no. Knowing this often helps parents offer a helpful response.