When to compromise and when to say no to your child

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 9:42 AM CDT
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On this Life, Life, Well, every parent has dealt with a pleading, begging and crying child.

They can make it tough to say no. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baker of Good Dads tells parents worried about saying no that it's okay to use that word.

"Not only can you say no. You should say no," adds Dr. Baker.

She tells us one of the best reasons to say no is when you are setting boundaries. As you know, most kids aren't good about setting limits on screen time, going to bed on-time or even wearing appropriate clothing.

"It is a parent's responsibility and really a privilege to help children learn to set limits. It is something that we do so they can self monitor as they get older," says Dr. Baker.

There are a few things to keep in mind. If you cave to an angry child, they'll learn they can just scream louder, longer and harder to get their way.

On the other hand, if the child is pleasant, you could consider a compromise.

You could also offer choices in a dispute. For example, you might say, you can't put a specific app on your phone until you are 13-years-old. But, you could download one of these other apps because they're more age appropriate.

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