I am a parent. I am a mom. I have six children, four of which are adults. When my kids were little I said, "No!" an awful lot. I feel bad sometimes when I think about how often I said those words. But I do admit that my kids are not spoiled, do not feel entitled, and know how to work.
Now that we are all older I have discovered how much I love to say "Yes!"
My 16-year-old asked me again tonight if he could get his learner's permit. I responded, "Yes! As soon as you have a job and have enough money to pay the $60 fee" the State of Connecticut requires from its young people if they ever want to even learn to drive.
My 12-year-old asked me if he can get on the computer. "Yes! As soon as you finish your homework."
My 19-year-old asked me if he can get the parts to fix the other computer. "Yes! As soon as you have a job and can pay for them."
I love saying "Yes!"
Parents should all say "Yes!" a lot more.