We’ve all heard it and unless you were raised by wolves you’ve been told it. As a parent, it’s inevitable you’ll say it.
‘Because I said so’.
‘Because I said so’, may even be applicable to some adults.
You: “Because I said so.”
Recipient: “Why not?”
You: “I don’t want to.” or “I don’t want you to.”
Anything more than a simple explanation over complicates the dialogue and opens you up for debate and negotiation; you do not want to get into the weeds on why you made your decision. From my experience, ‘Because I said so’ is typically used as an answer when trying to protect your child’s best interest or your own best interest when dealing with a compromising situation without having to show your entire hand.
‘Because I said so’ is a perfectly good reason for not doing or not allowing something. Don’t back down. Trust your instincts. You will never knowingly advise your child or yourself to do anything wrong. If you don’t care enough to protect their best interests or your own, no one else will.
It is important to note, that when overexposed or used inappropriately ‘Because I said so’ may become ineffective and over usage does not increase potency. ‘Because I said so’ may produce side effects. Use ‘Because I said so’ with care as some individuals may experience backlash and undesired changes in behavior. Results based on the evaluation and testimonials of 5 individuals. Results may vary. As with all methods of treatment, consult a professional first.
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)