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The Most Powerful Things You Can Say To Your Kids

5. "Yes"
It's so easy to say "no" that sometimes it becomes our default response. It's certainly less effort, but it's understandably frustrating for a young child to hear it all day long.

Instead of the knee-jerk "no," consider the request. Is it reasonable? You don't have to commit to a full-on "Yes Day," but agreeing to one more book or a cookie after dinner helps you build some capital for when you do have to say "no."