How to get your parents to say yes is searched by thousands of people every month. For my first article at Hoosier Chapter Books, I want to dive into this topic and explain how my children and I have come to an agreement on the subjects of text messaging, online safety, and a morning curfew.
As a parent, it’s our duty to know when to say yes and when to say no. Knowing when we need to say yes is not as easy as it sounds. Our children come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They want to be loved.
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily routines. We have to wake up early, get everyone ready for school and work, and get to our own places of employment (even if we work from home!) The disruption of our routine can make us quick to say no, when we should be more willing to say yes.
For instance, if your child asks for a cell phone, you should be willing to say yes – if certain limits are set. That’s why it’s important to know when to say yes and when to say no. Should your child have a cell phone? Probably. Is it okay for them to use their cell phone after 8:30 at night? Absolutely not!
You know when to say no and when to say yes. I’ve broken down the most common questions and discussed how my family has come to an agreement on each one. Oh, and of course, I wouldn’t be doing my job right if I didn’t throw in a little bit of my own advice and sly, Hoosier humor.
How to Get Your Parents to Say Yes (7 Secrets Revealed)
Here’s my in-depth list of seven ways to get parents to say yes.
#1 – Be Honest.
Be honest with your parents. Don’t try to trick them. Honesty is important for adult communication, which is why it’s important for kids and parents to communicate honestly. Kids, if you’re honest, you’ll be more likely to get a yes.
#2 – Pick Your Battles.
Is it worth it to fight a battle that may make your parents upset? It’s better to pick your battles to get a yes than to fight and get a no. Learning when to accept a no, or when to be persistent, will help you in the long run.
#3 – Speak with Respect.
Always speak with respect. If you speak with respect, your parents will be more likely to say yes. This can go a long way toward making them happy in the process, and it will serve you well in the future.
#4 – Be Ready to Negotiate.
Parents love negotiating. Be ready to do it if you want them to say yes. It can be a fun game for them, and you’ll get what you want in most cases. (Again, if not, know when to accept the final no!)
#5 – Be Positive.
Be positive when asking for something. Starting off with a negative attitude (or a fake good one) can make your parents more likely to say no. Because of this, you want to smile and be polite when asking for something.
#6 – Listen to Their Answers.
Be prepared to listen. Don’t argue with your parents or try to change their minds. Just listen to what they say, and remember it. You can try again later with something else. Know when to accept a no.
#7 – Find Common Ground.
If your parents say no to something, try to find common ground so that you can get them to say yes. The more you can find common ground, the higher the chance you’ll have of getting what you want.
How to Get Your Parents to Say Yes: Closing Thoughts
Getting parents to say yes is not always easy. Sometimes, you need to search for common ground or use a little negotiation. Remember to be honest, respectful, and positive. Also, pick your battles carefully. Pick the right battles and you’ll be able to get a yes.
And for parents (who might stumble upon this article as well), learn to say yes to your kids by finding common ground when possible. This isn’t always realistically possible, but when possible, it can help you and your kids get along better.
Thanks for reading. I hope this short article was helpful for both the person asking the question (How to get parents to say yes?) and the aforementioned parents. Both of you can benefit from these tips and my advice!
Oh… and this video? I dunno what to think about its advice going out to 2+ million people. What do you think? Post a link to this article on your social media. If the editor sees enough interest from you, the readers, maybe I’ll be assigned to do a follow-up article about weird videos on YouTube.
Thanks again for reading!