Children crave clarity, not ambiguity, yet many times I have caved in and changed my “no” to “yes” or the other way around. When I do this, confusion sets in their minds, and they drive me crazy asking over and over if I will change my answer.
If our “Yes” remains “Yes,” and our “No,” “No,” our children are far more likely to take us at our word. In turn, they will learn to better accept others’ answers, and have boundaries themselves. All is not black and white and sometimes we will need to change our minds, but in Jesus’ words, we can strive to “simply let our ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and our ‘No,’ ‘No.’”