Accepting A “No”
It isn’t easy for a child to hear a “no” when they want something, but it can be even harder for parents to say.
This month’s goal: Teach your children that there is a positive value in not having everything we want, even when we can afford it.
Pointers to cover:
- The fallacy of “having it all.”
- Staying off the hedonic treadmill.
- Learning how to accept a “no” answer.
- Learning how to tell yourself “no.”
- Why even the richest people cannot, and should not, grant their children’s every wish.
For kids under age 9:
- Why do you think Mom and Dad sometimes tell you “no” when you ask for something?
- What can be wrong with having everything you want?
- Can you think of some things that Mom and Dad want (and can afford) but don’t buy?
For kids over age 9:
- Do you think people who own more things are happier than those who have only what they need and just some of their wants?
- Why is it hard to be denied what we want?
- What can be wrong with granting a child’s every wish if the child’s parents can afford it?
- Do you know anyone who can’t take a “no?”
- If you were a parent, how would you handle a child who constantly asks for new toys and gadgets?