Say Yes to No (SYTN)

It Isn’t Easy Being a Parent These Days…

Our kids are being programmed to want more, more, more—yet it’s no longer possible, or even reasonable, to give it to them. Now, more than ever, parents need to set limits and instill self-discipline. They need to reset priorities and restore balance and values. But how?

SYTN Can Help!

Say Yes to No (SYTN) is a new parent education program–a series of 5 workshops filled with practical strategies to help parents raise more self-aware, self-disciplined, self-reliant kids.

This parent education program — and a community movement — was sparked by Dr. David Walsh and brought to you by Parent Further, a Search Institute resource for families.

The Book

SYTN began as a book, written by Dr. David Walsh, founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family, that was read and embraced by thousands of parents, independently and in community Book Reads.

The Program

The ideas in the book struck a deep chord, and parents began asking for more: more answers, more tools, more specifics. Thus, the SYTN program was born! Today, an unprecedented coalition of parents, community leaders and educators are supporting the effort–and advancing the conversation.


SYTN groups are typically led by trained parent educators, and are organized and sponsored by a school, PTA/PTO, early education provider or church group. Some key ideas covered in the program include:

  • The importance of self-discipline to a child’s development

  • Setting and consistently enforcing limits and consequences

  • Avoiding power struggles

  • Helpful versus unhelpful praise

  • Steps to prevent or reverse Discipline Deficit Disorder (DDD)
  • Learn how SYTN is changing homes, schools, and communities across America >