Tip of the Week
Insurance Against Mediocrity
Accepting 'No' as an
What is it: Belief in your reliability, truthfulness, or
Why it’s Important: For this tip, let's think about how distrust
slows everything and everyone down.
The Problem: Life moves fast making
delay increasingly more expensive. Right or wrong, most people strive to keep up and do it all. Our leaders
help us to understand our options, prioritize with our values and goals, and then challenge into
action. Without trust we question and resist the advice.
The Tip: Accept "no" as an answer. The next time your child resists a suggestion for something small,
accept his answer without question--just say, "okay" and leave it at that. Watch as he softens his defensively held
positions. You're inviting (not forcing) him to follow creating the space he needs to listen.
Once he's listening, you can plant your seeds of wisdom; with this platform, your influence is enough to guide your child.
5 Benefits of accepting "no" for an
Confidence in your child's good judgment
Belief that your child will eventually find the right
Enjoyment in the necessary process of trial and error
Respect for the differences in your child's learning
Support that is equal to all the challenges that you
invite your child to consider
You'll have fewer disagreements, too
growing trust in him means you won't suggest as many things.
the confidence that "no" is okay, the "no" will be delivered with an appreciation for your suggestion vs.
resentment for being treated like a child.
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