No means no. This is always the case. But sometimes children seem as if they are unable to get this through their big heads. At home, their father may do a good enough job of scaring them out of their minds to the extent that they can hang out with a saint. Or you may be successful at getting them to listen to you by shouting and yelling at the top of your lungs or spanking their behinds. But what do you do when your children get revenge on you for having such good parenting skills? When you are out in public your children may enlist allies, therefore preventing you from using your usual form of discipline. Or they may try to embarrass you by yelling and screaming during inopportune times such as when you are on an important telephone call or behaving in other unruly ways in places such as the library. There are several ways to say NO and some are as follows:
Point your finger in the desired direction
Sometimes children can become bored and just don’t know what to do to keep themselves busy. As a result, they may turn into little devils by running through the room and throwing things around. Once you have their attention, you can point towards a seat in order to get them to sit down and you can point to the location where they have retrieved items such as toys and magazines to get them to put things back. They are intelligent enough to know that you are asking them to sit down and leave things in their place.
Steer them in the right direction
When your child begins to run amok or is otherwise doing something they shouldn’t be doing, simply grab them gently by the shoulder and direct them towards a seat or specific location. Once they are there, you can offer them a book to read or a toy to play with to keep them from running around again.
Give them a look of disapproval
Frowning at your child when they do something wrong lets them know just that and should be enough to get them to stop the behavior. So the next time your child looks at you to see if you have noticed their menacing ways, give them your best shot.
Do the opposite of what they are doing
Maybe you have been talking down to people and now you have been noticing that your child has begun saying nasty things to their friends and neighbors. And you didn’t mean to turn them into a jerk. From this day forward, speak nicely to people and give them compliments in front of your child.
Take it away
Children are known for picking things up. Sometimes these items are unsafe, unnecessary, or you just don’t want them to have it. Taking the item out of their hand and putting it back where it belongs will help them to understand that they are not to touch it.