One of the last things a child wants to hear is the word, “no.” Whether kids are reaching for a piece of candy or seeking permission to go to a party, this word constantly prevents them from doing what they want to do when they want to do it.
While there are many clear reasons for parents to say no, sometimes the reason is more of a gut feeling than a articulate rational. In situations like this, should parents have a clear explanation before they say no?
How to Say No When You Do Not Have a Clear Reason Why
Have you ever found yourself instinctively saying no after your child asks for permission for something? Have you been in this situation and had trouble coming up with a specific answer after your child responds, “but why?” In situations like this, there is nothing wrong with saying that the answer is still no and that you will explain the reasons why later. It’s possible that your spirit is picking up on a serious reason to say no that your brain can’t quite discern at the time.
Take a while to contemplate and pray about the “why” behind the “no.” Even if you do not come up with a clear answer for your child, he or she ought to respect and follow the answer you gave in the first place. After all, God keeps some of the meaning behind His answers and commandments unknown sometimes.
Sometimes He reveals this knowledge when we are ready to receive it; sometimes He doesn’t at all. The scenario is similar with our children. And don’t forget the classic answer to “why” many of us heard from our parents: “Because I say so.” This phrase is still relevant and useful for parents today.
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