Saying no to a child can be tough, even when the demands seem completely insane—like wanting a pony to live in the backyard. Yet automatically giving in to a kid to avoid a fit, or habitually acquiescing to unreasonable wants, is not the way to go either. Here’s how to avoid raising an entitled child—and what you should do if you already have one.
Parents Talk Back
A playdate heads south when your five-year-old and another child have a minor disagreement. The dispute gets heated. You:
Let the kids work it out. (They’ll have to learn that skill eventually.)
27% (13 votes)
Step in to ease tension and help solve the problem.
67% (32 votes)
Chirp, “It’s snack time!”
4% (2 votes)
Vow to never invite that child for another playdate.
0% (0 votes)
End the playdate early.
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 48