But Emma Lou Harris, a blogger and mother-of-two from Limerick, Ireland, has gone viral for sharing an important lesson that every parent could use. In a Facebook post, Harris reveals that she was a "yes girl" growing up, someone who was afraid to turn anyone down because she would feel guilty. As an anxious child, it felt easier to say yes to everyone and everything, even if the consequences were painful.
Now, she says she's "learning to love no," and wants other parents to do the same. Harris says she trained herself to say yes "to everyone but myself," and found herself in dangerous and uncomfortable situations because she was worried about letting other people down.
Today she knows better and says the kindest thing parents can do is to teach their children - and themselves - to embrace saying no. Not only is saying 'yes' something parents do too often, Harris says it's also a risky habit to grow up with in the world we live in today.
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