“Try to Say Yes,” Ensign, July 2008, 75
Try to Say Yes
Mary King, Ontario, Canada
In responding to children’s day-to-day requests, try to say yes. Then add a conditional clause if needed. For instance, when asked, “Mom, can I have a cookie?” you could respond, “Yes, but let’s put them on a pretty plate and serve them for dessert so it won’t spoil your appetite now.” Saying things in a more positive way will increase the significance of no when you have to say it.