Does SYTN make a difference? YES!


Administrators say YES!

  • “One thing that Say Yes To No focuses on is making parents aware of the impact that the media and advertising has on our children. But it doesn’t stop there. It takes it a step further and gives us the game plan of techniques and strategies that we can use in rearing our children to minimize the impact of those negative forces.” —Dr. James Wooten, Superintendent of Muscle Shoals City Schools, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • “We know that this will be a tremendous tool for parents…We know that parents will be more confident in their parenting skills through these conversations. We know that parents want their children to be successful and we see these community reads as one way for children and parents to talk together and be successful both at home and at school and in their lives.”—Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Minnesota State PTA president
  • “From my perspective, this could really change education, it could change what happens in our schools and help our kids be much more successful.”—Jody Ruggiero, School board member, founder and president of Tune In To Kids
  • “There’s a lot of concern about the culture that we’re raising children in today…and that really is society’s issue for raising kids.”—Debbie Squires, parent and president, Parent Teacher Student Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • “This is a really important book. This is an important conversation for us all to have, because at the heart of it, it is about raising healthy, self-reliant children, successful in school and in life.”—Joann Knuth, Executive director, Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals

  • “This is a perfect opportunity to open up those conversations with our parents and have those

conversations between our professional learning communities, with our staff and our parents, in the best ways and strategies to help our children to be successful.”—Susan Donovan, Elementary principal, White Bear Lake Area Schools

  • “A key message of Say Yes to No is that parents have a responsibility and the power to influence their children and help them make good decisions and set limits for them that are reasonable.”-–Jody Ruggiero, School board member, founder and president of Tune In To Kids
  • “Say Yes To No…gives parents techniques, tips and strategies on how to be a more effective parent. It provides a venue for parents to come together to discuss issues and share experiences and successes and failures.”—Dr. James Wooten, Superintendant of Muscle Shoals City Schools, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Educators say YES!

  • “As I was walking down the hall to the event, I overhead the conversation of two middle school boys: ‘Is your mom going to that No! Dude Tonight?’ ‘Yeah, the other replied, ‘We’re in trouble.’ Tonight’s events had everyone talking…” – Paul Durand, Winona Superintendent
  • “We had a WONDERFUL turnout for the first bookread. We’ve divided the book up into 3 parts. We’ve discussed Chapters 1-5 already. We had about 40-50 people in attendance. The reaction to the book has been FABULOUS!” – Julie- Teacher NRHEG-Ellendale, MN
  • “Our team has used “No” as an action research project within our middle school. We’ve created a local blog that’s really gotten parents, teachers, and even some kids communicating about the importance of self-discipline.” Jeff –Teacher in New Prague, MN
  • “I appreciated the SYTN workshop because I learned specific skills that I can use with children of various ages in various situations. I’ll be better able help them develop the skills to set limits on themselves. That’s going to make my job easier and help me be more effective in giving these kids the self discipline they need to grow up to be happy and successful adults”. – Parent and Child Care Provider, Minneapolis, MN
  • “The importance of teaching children self-regulation skills is something every parent needs to learn.” – Teacher, Greater Minnesota
  • “My kids are all in High School, but I do daycare and like to learn new ways to help build kids up for the future.” – Child Care Provider, Greater Minnesota

Parents say YES!

  • “I’m so grateful for Dr. Dave’s new book “No” and the Say Yes to No initiative. The combination of scientific fact and warm wisdom and real life experiences, for me, it’s invaluable. Who would have thought such a tiny little word “no” could have such a huge impact on the overall success of my child’s life?” – Roxanne Battle, parent and journalist
  • “We are parents of a really young daughter of 18 months, so it’s important that as we start to introduce self-control and self-discipline that we are on the same page. This program has been incredible in getting us to shoot for that goal of being the balanced parent as opposed to authoritative or too permissive.” – Parent, Minneapolis, MN
  • “I liked how they acknowledged that parenting is complicated. There is not always one solution for everybody and we had a lot of hands-on exercises to get experience on how to deal with situations.” – Parent, Minneapolis, MN
  • “All areas were extremely valuable. Some areas provided refreshers and others provided information we were not aware of.” – Parent, Greater Minnesota
  • “I grew up with 6 siblings and on a small farm. “No” was very common and we expected it. Now, very few kids are told “no,” so when you try to tell your kids no, they think they are practically being abused. They don’t realize it is in their best interest.” – Parent, Rural MN
  • “I loved the subject of self esteem. It made total sense.” – Parent
  • “This was absolutely the most beneficial parenting event I have been involved in. I wish I would have known all of this when our adult children were young. We still have two children at home so we’ll definitely put to use the information presented. It re-enforced what we are already doing correctly and provided valuable information and guidance in areas that we needed to improve upon. Thank you so much!” – Parent, Greater Minnesota
  • “Too many parents don’t know how to say no, including me. It’s too bad, because we have lost the respect from our children.” – Parent
  • “I was one that used to give in easily to avoid a argument. Now before we go into the store I talk to the kids and explain what behavior is expected. I also tell them ahead of time ” we won’t be getting a toy today but you can show mom what you like.” – Parent, Minnesota