The Power of “NO”

One “yes” is protected by a thousand “no”s.  If we want our children to have the ability to say “yes”, to be responsible, free and, ultimately, loving people, parents need to believe in the power of NO.  When a parent says “no” and defines a boundary for a child, they are helping that child to shape who they are.  Boundaries enable children to “construct” themselves.  This is hard work for parents, usually because we don’t recognize what good boundaries are, and sometimes simply because we are lazy!  In this podcast, we talk about the book Boundaries for Kids by Drs. John Townsend and Henry Cloud, and share some of our own experiences in defining boundaries for ourselves and our children.