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How to Say No

Dear Parents: You Can Say No

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

"You can say no," I find myself saying to family after family. Which is kind of an amazing thing to have to say, if you think about it

The Perfect Way To Say No (And Make It Stick)

| Jeff Haden | Posted 07.11.2014 | Small Business

Saying yes to too many opportunities, too many projects, and too many people is a recipe for failure. As entrepreneur Derek Sivers likes to say, "No m...

How to Say "No" While Laughing Along the Way

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Katherine Wintsch

I was stopped in my tracks one day when a client asked me "what I did for fun" outside the office. It was the ONLY question he had all day that I couldn't answer.

The 5 Most Important Words In Parenting

Joshua Wayne | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

Any time you allow a child to get away with a certain behavior, the message you're sending is that the behavior is OK. If there are no real consequences to his actions, all he can assume is that what he did is OK and he can get away with it.

The Conversation That Could Save Your Teen's Life (And Your Own)

Glennon Melton | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

When our kids become adolescents, their world changes so much that sometimes it feels to them that they've landed on a new planet. They are babies in this new complicated world of teen-dom. And so we need to start over, because a more complicated world calls for a more complicated language.

How to Say 'No' in Business and Your Personal Life

Shelly Ulaj | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Shelly Ulaj

Being able to assert yourself and knowing "when to say when" is a trait that many wish to possess. Those who do possess this admirable quality can attest to the ongoing benefits of saying "no," not only in their business lives but in their personal lives as well.

Forget Conscious Uncoupling; Try Conscious Unscheduling

Gail Becker | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Gail Becker

I recently sat next to a successful Hollywood executive over dinner. He let it slip that he was oddly looking forward to the following day. "Why?" I inquired, imagining an impressive gathering of executives discussing a potential multi-million dollar deal. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Volunteering When You Need to Just Say No

Jenny Witte | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Jenny Witte

Saying no isn't always easy, but you CAN get better at it. Here are some tips on how to make peace with doing less.

Today's Buddha Doodle: How to Say No

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.26.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Can't Say No? Say Yes Instead

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 03.15.2014 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

We work hard to be accommodating and agreeable, and by casting ourselves in that role over and over, we begin to believe that is what others expect of us. And often, it is.

Brené Brown: 3 Ways To Set Boundaries

Posted 12.09.2013 | OWN

Dr. Brené Brown As our calendars swell with obligations, it's important to recommit to one thing that can help keep us sane: boundaries. T...

Just Say No to the PTA -- An Open Letter to Myself

Anna Sandler | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

The kids go back to school next week, and let's face it, that means you do, too. But it doesn't have to mean that. It could mean freedom and relaxation this year instead of endless PTA projects and class mom responsibilities that never seem to end. Self, let's do things differently this year.

Why Can't 'No' Mean 'No'?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

My 13-year-old son refuses to take 'no' for an answer. No matter how much I explain why I won't raise his allowance or let him watch an inappropriate movie, he follows me around, demanding better reasons. It makes me so angry! Why can't 'no' mean 'no'?"

The Year of the No: One Woman's Journey to the Dark Side of Yes

Sue Fliess | Posted 09.11.2013 | Parents
Sue Fliess

In my quest to be Every Woman, I'd lost sight of the very people I was killing myself to do it all for. Somewhere along the way, I'd stopped noticing my 8-year-old's copious kisses before school and how my older boy has my dad's soulful eyes.

Say 'No' Without Feeling Bad About It

Alexandra Franzen | Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Franzen

We all know that we need to say "no" about 1,000 times more than we say "yes." But we don't. And we pay the price, with over-cluttered calendars, over-saturated psyches, chronically-elevated stress hormones, and tightly-clenched shoulders that never quite sink away from our earlobes.

4 Tips for Saying "No" with Power and Grace

Women & Co | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Women & Co

The way we deliver our message is as important as the message itself. Our goal is to deliver our message in a way that is full of warmth, empathy and appreciation for the other person because, everything else being equal, we'd rather be nice than not. Here are four tips to help you say "no."

This Is The Most Powerful Word In The Dictionary

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

The ability to be assertive and say "no" is a communication skill we all learn at a very young age. If you're a parent, you know better than anyone that once this word enters a child's vocabulary it's used very often. However, as an adult, "no" is often much more difficult to say.

Are You Too Accommodating? When (And How) To Start Saying 'No'

Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living

By Kate Lowenstein Picture yourself in the following situations: Your boss wants you to stay late on Friday -- your long-planned date night. ...

How To Say 'No' (Yes -- Sometimes You Have To)

Psych Central | Therese J. Borchard | Posted 08.30.2012 | Healthy Living

"'No' may be the most powerful word in the language, but it's also potentially the most destructive, which is why it's hard to say," says William Ury,...

How To Say No At Work

SavvySugar | Posted 10.26.2011 | Women

Some things aren’t hard to say no to, like dog-sitting your neighbor’s odious chow or signing anything in the hands of nonprofit logo-wearers. ...

When 'No' Is Nice

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

For "yes" to mean yes, "no" has to mean no. To me, what's "nice" isn't a question of "yes" or "no." Nice is what's honest, skillful and said with integrity.

Four Ways To Get Out Of The Yes Trap

Karen Leland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Leland

You're standing around the water cooler minding your own business when your co-worker from the next cubicle starts pleading with you to organize next...