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Saying No

Just Say 'Non'

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

When it comes to parental authority, we Americans could take some more lessons from the French. They work hard at being "the one who decides," and believe that kids blossom best inside limits, and that it's reassuring to know that a grown-up is steering the ship.

The Word More Parents Need to Say

Kate Gale | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Kate Gale

What's going on with American parenting that seems to have resulted in a whole generation of parents who have lost the reins?

The 7 Truths About Motherhood

Mia Redrick | Posted 04.20.2013 | Parents
Mia Redrick

The word that keeps me grounded as I raise my three children.

3 Causes of Burnout -- and How to Avoid Them

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

By cultivating attitudes and practices that release self-induced pressure, you can have the work-life balance that you want. Even the smallest decisions can transform the way you work and live.

My Proudest Parenting Moment

Christie O. Tate | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Christie O. Tate

My daughter knew something at age 3 that I didn't learn until my 20s.

The Word Kids Absolutely Need To Hear

LearnVest | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

"No." It's a little word with a lot of influence, especially for parents. Maybe it's because of what happens after we say the word "no" (you know, the screaming and tantrum-throwing) that we skirt around it, try to disguise it and sometimes just don't say it all.

Parents Taking Control

Michael M. Osit, Ed.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Michael M. Osit, Ed.D.

Kids have an inordinate amount of power and control in their families. Many parents seem unwilling to be the authority, take control and be firm with their kids. It's as if parents are afraid of "damaging" their kids or their relationship with them if they say, "no."

Why I Never Let My Kids Quit... Anything

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Deciding when to let your child quit something, be it Gymboree, Little League or SAT prep, is a question that never goes away.

Being Too Nice Can Hurt: How To Start Standing Up For Yourself

Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living

By Art Markman for YouBeauty When you look at the other people in your life, there are lots of ways that you are the same. You speak the same langu...

How To Master The Art Of Saying 'No'

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Lamble

No! It's a pretty scary word, right? It certainly is for me. It's like a well-placed "boo!" bursting through the darkness from an unseen corner. In fact, I find "no" so scary that that I often have difficulty saying it, and that's just where my problem begins.

18 Things You Should Start Saying Yes To

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 11.05.2012 | Women

N-o spells no. That's what your parents taught you when you were little, and you quickly learned to employ it whenever vegetables or a request to clea...

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. ...

Nothing to Fear

Grown And Flown | Posted 12.23.2012 | Parents
Grown And Flown

The danger, the real danger, was never in food or movies or video games, and it was not in the people they would meet online.

How To Tell A Friend She's NOT Your Bridesmaid

Summer McLane | Posted 12.17.2012 | Weddings
Summer McLane

You know when you have a best friend but then you realize that they're YOUR best friend but you're not THEIR best friend? That happened to me a few years ago.

Fearless Living Boot Camp, Day 24: Say No (Nicely)

Rhonda Britten | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Rhonda Britten

Let's start using one of the most valuable words in the world: NO.

Why It's So Hard To Say 'I Can't Afford It'

Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.27.2012 | Women

Why is it still so difficult to say those four little words? That's the question journalist Veronia Dagher posed recently in the Wall Street Journa...

Four Life-Changing Words

Marcia Wieder | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcia Wieder

I've begun using the most extraordinary and simple phrase. It is giving me great peace and a sense of empowerment. It is simply, "I don't want to."

WATCH: Your Turn: Saying No

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

Are you always putting others before yourself? For many of us, it's hard to say no, but sometimes speaking up for ourselves is the right thing to do. ...

Party Guest Etiquette Tips, From Colin Cowie (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Colin Cowie, event and lifestyle expert, weighed in on a tricky etiquette question when we met on Mondays With Marlo. And if you'd like to see more...

'It's Not Me, It Is You'

Meredith Gordon | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Meredith Gordon

If there's a room full of people who don't want or need to make friends, there is invariably one in the room who wants and needs to make a friend. That person will, without fail, find me.

Meeting People Halfway

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 08.07.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Your first responsibility is to yourself. If your friend isn't willing to make any concessions and meet you halfway, literally and figuratively, you may have to back away from the friendship.

Words to Say When You Need to Stand Up for Yourself

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

We all smooth over the truth and bend in our standards from time to time in order to reduce conflict and make relationships work. But when pleasing others becomes a habit you may find yourself resentful, which ultimately damages your relationships.

Saying Yes to No

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

As many of my generation of caretaking, overextended, multi-tasking women can attest to, saying yes is easy; saying no can be tough.

'Me Time': Learning To Be Alone Was The Best Thing I Ever Did

Nancy Alvarez | Posted 05.19.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Alvarez

I didn't know what I enjoyed, what activities I did for fun, or even what mattered to me. I was too focused on everyone else -- that was my job.

'How Do I Get My Friend to Grow Up?'

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.09.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

If the worst were to happen and she was left alone, I know she'd come to me first, and I can't support her. I can't afford it. I