Monday, February 20, 2012

No, Thank You

Today, my little guy was sick and completely run down.  I think he's going to be home from school tomorrow too.

At some point over the weekend of sickness, it occurred to him that it's OK to say no as long as he's polite.  We do keep asking him to use a nice voice. 

No matter what we said to him, his response was, "No, thank you."  Like a Jedi.  Then he walked away as if we had been dismissed, like the issue was settled with one polite phrase.

It's time to go to bed.  No, thank you.

You need to blow your nose.  No, thank you.

Dinner's ready.  No, thank you.

He was relentless in his polite no-thank-you response today.  It's brilliant really.  I'm going to try it tomorrow.  Whatever anyone wants from me, my response will be an extremely polite, "No, thank you."

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    1. I think it's a good day to say no thank you to laundry. :)

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  2. More women need to learn how to use the phrase to good effect. :))

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  3. What a smart little fella! Hope he gets well soon.

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  4. Kids are funny when they learn knew things. I would have been asking him if he wanted chocolate cake, or if he wanted to stay up past his bedtime, just to see how far he was willing to take that 'no thank you.'

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    1. I know exactly what his answer would have been. :)

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  5. That is brilliant LOL! I love this :0)

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  6. That sounds like a great strategy. I'm going to try it, too. lol

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  7. Oh, no! I hope he's feeling better now. My little one just turned two, and we've been working on asking nicely, too. It feels like an uphill slog, but I know it'll be worth it.

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  8. So next time my kids ask me for a snack, I'm just going to say, "No thank you." I'll let you know how it works!

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  9. What a brilliant little boy! When I think of all the yelling, and screaming when it was bedtime at our house! But my husband says I'm much better now. Glad he's feeling better! Julie

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  10. Yep, that is brilliant. At least he said it politely.

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  11. lol, this is so cute. You've taught him well.

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