Saying ‘no’ to your child is often very difficult. But while it is almost always harder than saying ‘yes’, it is a vital part of being a parent.
Saying No examines the benefits and practical considerations of setting limits within the family. Asha Phillips writes as both a child psychotherapist and a mother, using case studies as well as informal anecdotes from family and friends as illustrations. She strips away the negative associations surrounding the word ‘no’ and instead celebrates it as an essential ingredient in a child’s development.
In a new introduction, Phillips explains why saying no has become more pertinent than ever and an additional chapter deals with illness in the family, a time when setting boundaries is especially testing.