We often try to teach lesson to kids about life at the most inappropriate times.
If a child gets hurt because they were doing something dangerous or inappropriate, they already learned their lesson.
Encouragement, and this phrase is arguably the most commonly spoken praise children hear. Instead of cutting off the conversation, you can say, “I know you want my answer to be different, but it will not change”.
You can also train yourself to make sure the child fully understands your response, with “I just told you my answer. ” This allows the child to present their opinion or get clarification.
Telling a child that they can’t do something makes them prove that they can, by telling you or showing you that it is in fact possible.