How To Be Assertive While Disagreeing To Your Child's Wants?
Be assertive when required! It helps your child understand his limits and to communicate disagreement respectfully. A NO can never change into a YES, no matter how your child behaves. Here are some useful suggestions:
1. Never raise your voice when saying NO. Use plain statements. For example: “I am sorry, but I can’t say yes to this”
2. Provide rationale. For example: “I am asking you to wear your jacket because it is cold and windy outside”
3. Offer options that are acceptable to you. For example: “If you don't like this jacket, you can wear a sweater or a blazer”
4. Stay Firm. For example: “If you refuse to pick an option, we are not going out”