I Think More Parents Need to Tell Their Kids No

It may not be easy to say no but being a parent means that you are not their friend. 2,674 People

    The Keys to a Happy Childhood

    Having reasonable limits. Be consistent.  Don't be afraid of the word "NO" its a great word. Having reasonably high expectations (They need something to live up to so they can be genuinely proud of themselves.) Having a structured environment...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Aug 22, 2009

    LOl I often see parents

    that don't act like parents, the kids are doing whatever and the parents just stand there watching and letting it happen. At times this really irks me, the kids need to know what is acceptable behavior and what is not, and those kids controlling the situation is NOT acceptable...
    1niceguy4u 1niceguy4u
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Nov 13, 2015

    Maybe I m too old school

    but I m still amazed by these kids talking about relationship. I mean really ??😧😧😧😧😧😩😩😩😳😳😳😫😫😫😫 Focus on school instead of getting failing grades over people who won't even care about 10-15 years from now. Stop wasting time, energy...
    Toohottohandle1 Toohottohandle1
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 25, 2014

    Tell our kids no! Way more needs to be done

    then that. We are becoming a society that is raising a bunch of criminals. Every bad behaviour that a child has these days can be diagnosed as a syndrome or disorder. Children need to be fearful of consequences, but thanks to our government taking the control away from...
    kidRosie kidRosie
    46-50, F
    Nov 6, 2014

    As in my husband - kids would eat muffins

    and doughnuts for breakfast every day 'because that's what they wanted'. Meanwhile I become the mean parent who insist on something like oatmeal, fruit and some protein.
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 7, 2014

    It's Disgusting

    I see it all the time first hand, with the children I babysit. If they want something, they pitch a fit until their parent gives in to them. When I was a child, if I began throwing a fit over something stupid, my mother would say "If you don't stop crying, I'll give you something...
    EmoSpazAttacks EmoSpazAttacks
    18-21, F
    10 Responses Jul 19, 2011

    Parents actually need to learn to say no to

    themselves beforehand. Most parents underestimate their children's capacity to understand rules and routines. They don't stick up to things they say to their children thinking they are not capable of absorbing whatever the parents say. They do! Children start absorving concepts...
    Mountainbird Mountainbird
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Nov 14, 2015

    My younger sister's best friend has the worst

    attitude of any child i have ever met. She has zero respect, and i'm not just talking about her elders, she doesn't even respect her peers. Everything they do is her decision and it often ends up with the girls getting into trouble. However every time they do get into trouble...
    deleted deleted
    Nov 28, 2014

    yeah No, No,No!!! kids are annoying these days!

    parents must teach them to be nice
    Natureismagic Natureismagic
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 13, 2015

    Oh Yeah!!!!

    The other day I went with my foster kids (age two and three) to a play centre with my friend and her "spirited" as she likes to say, two year old. Afterwards we went to Mcdonalds for lunch. The whole of the time at the play centre her daughter was throwing tantrums...
    RobertaSunset RobertaSunset
    36-40, F
    57 Responses Oct 7, 2009

    Oh Yes

    I really do think that more parents need to tell their kids no. I was told no almost all the freakin' time, was it upsetting? Yes, you bet it was, but believe me when I say this, if I had done half the things I see kids/teenagers doing these days, my parents would of...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 14, 2013

    Yeah I technically can't talk

    since im 13 (my age says 18 I know but really im 13) but yeah this little seven year old down the street from me her name is Courtney she is so bratty and stuck up and me and my friend (we live next to each other) talk about how if she was her or my kid we would've popped her...
    Countrybae Countrybae
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 27, 2015

    Especially in public.

    But not only tell them no. More important do not ever repeat yourself on that. If you are in a store and your child wants something say no we won't buy it one time but never get into a discussion about it. You are the parent and the child has to do what you say.
    GrandmaM GrandmaM
    70+, F
    4 Responses Feb 15, 2015

    This. http://addins.

    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 4, 2015

    How are they gonna learn to love in the real

    world if you give them all they want? They will not learn to appreciate things and their expectations will be too high.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 13, 2015

    The parents are why kids are like this.

    ..everyone uses the same emotional discipline thing yet it almost never works...All the kids in this world are clowns who do not care about their future. The good children I did meet probably got a good spanking from time to time...Physical discipline is the best when not taken...
    Sepulchral Sepulchral
    26-30, M
    1 Response Aug 20, 2015

    it doesn't set them up good

    for later life to always say yes, THEN they'll wonder why life doesn't always go their way, "adversity" teaches some things :-)
    cashetty69 cashetty69
    51-55, M
    Aug 24, 2015

    No is a fact of life.

    They'll hear it as an adult and it'll be less traumatic for them if they know what No means.
    AuntieShani AuntieShani
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jul 27, 2014

    It's not going to kill your kids to tell them

    no. Things should be EARNED, not always given.
    Philli8807 Philli8807
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 3, 2014

    I have noticed a sizeable number of children

    behaving like spoilt little shitz! Although. That may say more about their parents than the children themselves..
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Nov 6, 2014

    I was in gamestop last week

    and some kid was getting GTA V
    MrPoolofsouls MrPoolofsouls
    16-17, M
    Nov 13, 2015
    vampirediariesfan vampirediariesfan
    31-35, F
    Nov 12, 2015

    I was at the store today

    and I watched 2 screaming girls whine and beg and put on such a spoiled tantrum until their dad bought them almost everything they wanted. All I kept thinking was please take these kids outside and whup their little bottoms. I really don't think us kids want our parents to be...
    doodlebug224 doodlebug224
    18-21, F
    9 Responses Nov 5, 2014

    I know this girl (7 years old)

    who physically cuts the Inside of her throat somehow (I don't know how but she does) and coughed up blood when her parents say no for any reason. They said they couldn't take her to ballet practice cause both parents had to work and she coughed up blood so bad that both of them...
    Beatenrodent Beatenrodent
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 22, 2014

    I'm the Most Terrible Mommy Ever!

      Because I have the nerve to not buy my kid candy at the checkout counter. To make her wait for special occasions for gifts. To teach her to say "please" and "thank you" and to share. To make her do something constructive and imaginative after...
    cutefactory cutefactory
    36-40, F
    10 Responses Jul 8, 2009

    I hate bratty kids, the ones

    who keep insisting with their wants and won't stop crying and tantrums. I pity parents with bratty kids but they need to be firm, consistent and set limits sometimes. No is no, those kids won't be that bratty if parents know how to control them.
    shriie shriie
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 14, 2015

    Watched how a boy maybe 6 years old made a loud

    and noisy tantrum about some sweets and the mother just said ok and let him have what he wants. Sometimes I ask myself: Who is in charge in such a family? the kids or the parents?
    Nickgermany Nickgermany
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Jan 10, 2015

    Little Helpers

    I dont know what other parents do when it comes to household chores; I have never poled my friends.  But I thought I would throw this out there. Kids love to be little helpers.  The younger you start them out the better. Cleaning day is Saturday morning...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    17 Responses Jun 15, 2009

    Its Not Too Late to Start...

    Although the older the child the more resistance you may run into.  I think the easist method is to train your children from birth that no one gets what they want all the time and that they are no exception to this rule.  When my toddler attempts to throw a fit...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    29 Responses Jun 13, 2009

    I expect from my children to ask

    for permission if they want something and I do make sure I say no often enough. Not because we couldn't afford it but to teach them a lesson that everything has a value and that we are not going to raise spoiled brats.
    deleted deleted
    Feb 13, 2016

    Don't spoil your kids.

    They're better off hearing no when they need it.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 30, 2015

    The parents have been in the world

    so much longer than their children, although the child always thinks they are right and that they will do whatever they argue about anyway. It needs to be put out there so much more. when a parent says NO, they mean it and that's because they have so much more life experience...
    charrlotte charrlotte
    2 Responses May 18, 2015

    our youngest is 14 years old thinks she can do

    what ever when ever she wants, she is talking to a 19 year old who happens to be her older sisters ex bf. my 14 year thinks that its perfectly fine for her to talk to him and hang out with him and her mother does think anything of it but I'm the one that says no, now if the boy...
    BaldCock79 BaldCock79
    36-40, M
    3 Responses May 13, 2015

    I hate it when I see whiney little brats in the

    store crying because they didn't get the newest cod or the next gta! Like WTF? You. Shouldn't have it from all the **** in it!
    TheAnonymousTroll TheAnonymousTroll
    16-17, M
    1 Response Nov 6, 2014

    I know a parent that never tells her kids no.

    I mean just last night she let a 17 year old boy spend the night with her 13 year old daughter. They were in the room together for the whole night and half the day. She didn't check on then one time. She always has a 15 year old daughter that she let's run free. Let's her stay...
    timberland1972 timberland1972
    1 Response Apr 11, 2015

    Yep.. I bought a box of pooptarts

    and came down to find my brother eating the last one.. Now I wouldn't have minded but the fact that he didn't ask, he burnt it and then he threw it in the bin just makes me wanna scream in his face... When I came down I said those are my pop tarts and he runs away mum calls him...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 2, 2014

    July 4th Parties - Drunk 10 Year Old!

    ATTENTION PARENTS: YOU NEED TO SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!  I have a major problem with parents that attend social events only to forget that they brought their kids. Parents - you are responsible for you kids like it or not. When my...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jul 5, 2009

    Too many parents don't

    even know HOW TO parent -.-
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 19, 2015

    I can't stand how kids

    now a days are just so snobby and they act more like adults than kids. :/ I just don't get why they are so concerned with weight, brands, and looks! Like be kids please! We have enough snobby adults in this world as it is.
    Seabluestar Seabluestar
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 8, 2014

    Stop Being a Pushover!

    When you decide on something, that is the final decision.  You are the parent.  Unfortunately, so many parents don't get this.  Then they create brats that the rest of the world has to endure.  I don't want to hear your kid having a tantrum in Target, or in a...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Jul 1, 2009
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