"Do you want some cereal for breakfast?"
"Do you want a banana?"
"Would you like to eat a pancake?"
I give up! Rarely do we hear "yes" or "uh-huh". I know this is a phase. He wants to exert his independence. Make decisions for himself. I get that. But I don't get the "NO!" for everything.
Well, not everything. I'll get a "uh-huh" for "sicles" (popsicles), "monkey" (Curious George) and "bo-bo" (apples).
So to counteract the no-ing. I've been trying to find ways around negative reactions from myself.
When it's time for bed and they want to stay up, I've been trying the approach "we'll get up bright and early in the morning, but right now we really need to get some sleep".
My automatic reaction is to say no. Hence, the problem in the first place.
We recently studied an article about having gracious speech with our fellow man, our family, our congregation. I personally made a decision to make a conscious effort to pray every morning to use gracious speech when speaking to my children. It works! God wants us to succeed in having a happy family life. Being able to communicate nicely to one another is important for success. When the kids are screaming at each other because one took the other's toy, I send them to time-out to calm down. Then when time-out is over, they come to me and we talk about what transpired. Then we pray. I try to use words both a 4 year old and a 2 year old can understand, knowing Jehovah will hear our earnest prayer and give us the needed help to succeed.
Anyone else have suggestions on how to avoid telling your children "NO"?