The Art Of Saying No: How To Raise Kids To Be Polite, Not Pushovers
On the importance of being comfortable to say 'no' "Although saying no is often punished in preschool and elementary school, we need to raise self-reliant kids who are comfortable saying no politely in a thousand different ways. When kids practice this early on, it becomes second nature. Which is important for later, so they can say no when another teen pressures your teen to sext, for instance. Children are more likely to pause and check in with their true feelings, Marean says, if they practiced saying no for years leading to that point."