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I Can Say No

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by Jenny Simmons, Illustrated by Kristin Sorra

National Center for Youth Issues

3/4/2021, paperback

SKU: 9781937870775


In I Can Say No, Jenny Simmons teaches children the power of the word no. Whether it's saying no to bullying or someone invading their personal space or simply to playing with a friend when they need some alone time, children learn that they can use their voice to stand up for what is good in the world, and good for themselves.

I learned a little word,
And even though it's small,
When I use it with authority,
I'm the strongest of them all!
That's right. I can say NO.
I can say no to a movie I don't like.
I can say no if I'm not into riding bikes.
I can say no if I want to be alone,
Or I'm feeling kind of tired and would rather stay at home.

As parents and educators, we often teach children to use the word no when they are in danger or when someone is trying to harm them. But no is powerful in other areas of life, as well. Learning to say no without feeling guilty or needing to explain themselves gives children the power to protect their boundaries, energy, convictions, and time. Saying no also allows them to create space for saying yes to the things that matter most. By teaching children how to use this small but mighty word, they will be able to face life with confidence, independence, and a positive sense of self-worth!