It is important for a parent to learn to say “no” to his children and not always give in to their demands. This helps to bring a sense of affirmation to the child as to who is in charge and that he cannot always get what he wants.
With this kind of consistency on the part of the parent, the child will learn from an early age how to approach his parents and talk with them whenever he needs something.
When a child begins to cry or demand something that his parent has already refused to give, he may keep crying just to irritate his parents to the point that they are forced to give in to restore peace and to get the child off their backs.
This is just about the last thing any parent should do, because the child will be the one who will be in charge and will never learn to respect his parents or listen to their advice. A parent should instead be persistent and not give in to the child and if he persists, the parent should place the child on “time out” after explaining to him that his behavior is not acceptable.
There are times when your child may pester you so much so that you get to a point where you are ready to give in to his demands. He will soon learn to keep on till you give in. No matter what, never allow your child to take control and he will soon learn that you are serious. This can be done with your actions, words, and body language. Do not say one thing and act in a different way; always be consistent.
Children who grow up under supervision with set rules and set boundaries tend to develop better emotionally than those who grow up unsupervised. Such an environment also gives them a feeling of security, that they can depend on their parents to protect and guide them no matter what. While children are still going up, they are not ready to handle unlimited freedom. There is still much they need to know and learn from their parents as they grow up that will help them make better-informed decisions in life.