I recently received an exasperated call from my friend Jen, who is also a mother to a toddler. She and her family had spent the weekend with friends out of town. They were hoping to enjoy being away for a change, to catch up on old times, and to get to know the couple’s young daughter, who is three years old. Unfortunately, they had their work cut out for them. Their trip was more like a prison sentence. And the three-year-old girl was the warden.
It turns out that the friends they were visiting (let’s call them Mike and Sara), are among a scary and growing crop of parents who refuses to tell their children “no.”
Let’s look at some reasons parents today might avoid this two-letter word. I glanced through several parenting articles and found the following:
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