Say Yes to No

Say Yes to NO is a powerful parenting tool developed by Dr. David Walsh and the National Institute on Media and the Family.  Say Yes to NO empowers parents to set boundaries and expectations for their children. Say Yes to NO teaches communities why it is important children learn the word “no” and how to deal with being told “no.” Say Yes to NO gives practical ways to tell children no. Finally, Say Yes to NO shows how when implemented consistently, saying “no” helps children realize the value of “yes.”


IMG_6686_1 Why Say Yes to NO?

According to The National Institute on Media and the Family: “Over the last decade, screen time has been the most significant lifestyle change for our kids. Children are exposed to over one million Yes messages a week, with an average of 44.5 hours spent in front of a screen per week. Dr. Walsh paints a powerful picture of how Yes media messages screaming “More, Easy, Fast and Fun” undermine the critical character traits kids need to succeed in school and life. With warmth, experience and humor, Dr. Walsh teaches that learning how and when to say “no” is crucial to raising healthy, self-reliant kids.

Ten Steps to Say Yes to NO

Dr. Walsh offers these ten steps to raising happy, self-reliant kids.

  1. Spend twice as much time and half as much money.
  2. Support, don’t rescue. Encourage, don’t coddle.
  3. Get kids what they need but not everything they want.
  4. Back up teachers and schools.
  5. Take charge of media.
  6. Set clear and high expectations.
  7. Expect kids to do chores.
  8. Set and enforce clear limits and consequences.
  9. Encourage kids to volunteer and help others.
  10. Read the book (No: Why Kids -of All Ages- Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It, by Dr. David Walsh, published by Free Press) and become a Say Yes to NO parent.

What can I do to get involved?

Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES encourages anyone interested to get involved with this important campaign!

  • Contact Great KIDS to schedule a Say Yes to NO presentation or book-read at your home, church, PTA meeting, agency, business, etc.
  • Talk to other parents about Say Yes to NO
  • Practice Say Yes to NO principles in your own home