9. The ‘We Don’t Use the Word ‘No’ In Our House,’ Mom
And this ‘only positive reinforcement’ thing you’ve got going on prepares your kid for reality… how, exactly? My favorite thing to say to my daughter is no. I even say it before she finishes asking for something. Usually because she asks me for everything she’s ever wanted in her entire life within the first ten minutes after I pick her up from school, but also because life is filed with a whole lot of ‘no.’ I’d rather she learned that early on, from me, than go skipping into the world expecting rainbows and unicorns only to belatedly discover soul crushing disappointment that is in no way positive, or glittery. Soul crushing.