Instead of Saying “No”

Setting Limits Montessori Style

We’ve all heard it in recent years – “refrain from saying “no” to your child”. It seems impossible, but still, a goal worthy of achieving. Sure, children need to learn to accept “no” as an answer sometimes. But shouldn’t they be entitled to a reason, just as we, as adults would expect? Children under the age of 3 years are still developing their sense of reasoning, but at the same time should not be subjected to the authoritarian “because I said so” reasoning strategy. Since the foundation or reasoning skills is being developed, they are as much entitled to a reason as we adults would expect for ourselves. Here are some strategies for “re-framing” your “NO” reaction.

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