I want to share something with you that I brought back from this years Michigan PTSA Convention:
It can be difficult to say No to our kids, especially when media messages promoting More, Easy, Fast, and Fun are so powerful and other kids are hearing Yes. Now, there’s a powerful case for setting limits and saying “No” as crucial to our kids’ success in school and life.
In his new book No, Why Kids – Of All Ages – Need it And Ways Parents Can Say It, Michigan best-selling author Dr. David Walsh shares how always saying Yes to our children’s wants and desires undermines the universal qualities, virtues like self-control, perseverance, integrity, and self-discipline, that our children need to be successful in school and in life. He also provides straightforward advice and tools for making No a positive influence on kids’ behavior, school performance and their ability to learn to say no to themselves. As Dr. Walsh would say, “No, is not the destination. It’s the road to Yes and success for our kids.”
Here’s how you can get involved
This fall, a first ever, state-wide conversation about the power of No will start. Our community is hosting book reads and discussion groups as part of the Michigan Say Yes to No campaign. An unprecedented coalition of parents, educators, and others are using the messages of Dr. Dave’s book to ignite conversations about the power of No across Michigan. Join a group, read No, and help us start the conversation. Put this book on your summer reading list. But this is more than just about a book.
- Sign up to get information about our efforts’ in Royal Oak at: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/royestono
- Contact: ClemensWittekind@gmail.com with any questions.
While every family is different, it’s important that we support one another, share our stories and work together to reclaim powerful strategies that help our kids succeed.
Thank you in advance for joining this important conversation.
Royal Oak Middle School PTSA Health and Welfare Chair
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about the Michigan Say Yes to No campaign, visit http://www.sayyestono.org/MI/.