There was a family in the store the other day. They had a 2 year old that was whining and crying. “I want candy! I want candy!” And the mom kept telling her no. I passed them in several aisles and the little girl was still crying. Finally, the dad said, “We will get some candy when we get to the candy aisle.” The look on the mom’s face was absolute defeat. Her husband just undermined her authority, and the child just learned that crying and whining work. I wanted to go up and first, shake the dad and explain to him what he just did. And then I wanted to go to the mom and tell her to stick to her guns.
It’s okay to tell your kids no!