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Smile When You Say ‘No’

with Ron Deal | December 30, 2022
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By his own admission, Steve was demanding as a parent. He had to be after his wife died leaving him with three teenagers to raise. Years later, when he married and became a stepdad, his authoritarian style was well set. But what worked as a parent backfired as a stepparent. I suggested he put a smile with his no. I explained we get more influential as parents when we are gentle, yet firm. When we're calm while we set boundaries or handle discipline. Grace and truth is a powerful combination.

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  • By his own admission, Steve was demanding as a parent. He had to be after his wife died leaving him with three teenagers to raise. Years later, when he married and became a stepdad, his authoritarian style was well set. But what worked as a parent backfired as a stepparent. I suggested he put a smile with his no. I explained we get more influential as parents when we are gentle, yet firm. When we're calm while we set boundaries or handle discipline. Grace and truth is a powerful combination.

Here’s an idea for all parents: Smile when you say “no”.

Smile When You Say ‘No’

With Ron Deal
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December 30, 2022
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Ron: Here’s an idea for all parents: Smile when you say “no”.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: By his own admission, Steve was a little demanding as a parent. He sort of had to be after his wife died leaving him with three teenagers to raise. Years later, when he married and became a stepdad, his authoritarian style was pretty well set. But what worked as a parent backfired as a stepparent.

I suggested that he put a smile with his “no.” That didn’t make any sense until I explained that we get more influential as parents when we are gentle, yet firm. When we’re calm while setting boundaries or handing down discipline. You see, grace and truth is a powerful combination. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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