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How To Be More Assertive: Why We Say Yes When We Want To Say No

By Paul Barron

We say yes when we mean no when we lack assertiveness. We are more assertive when we have adequate love and respect for ourselves. The way to have more love and respect for oneself is to mentally repeat throughout the day how much you love yourself and focus on the value you have as a human being.

When we recognize that we have value we are more likely to recognize that others have value as well. When we respect others we will respect that that person will be rational when we do say no to them. One must begin with an objective yet positive expectation that their refusing to follow some order will be alright in the end.

There are a number of things one can do to be more assertive. First one can think of a conflicting situation in a more constructive light. There is the possibility that the two parties can agree to disagree. Just because there is a conflict does not mean that there has to be disrespect.

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Most people will respect you when you stand your ground. They will know where your limits are and they will be clearer on where they can go next. When you are assertive you not only improve your own position but the position of others.

One of the major reasons why people can’t say no to others is because of their social upbringing. They were told by their parents to not be “selfish” and to help others whenever asked. The reality is that being selfless causes one to become more dependent on others. If one is spending all their time fulfilling the duties of others they are not taking adequate care of their own needs and wants.

Self esteem can be built through practice and through observing one’s actions. We are more assertive when we know more about ourselves and where we stand. Take time to evaluate your values and convictions. Are you standing up for these. Are your goals congruent with others and if not is there room for compromise. If there is no room for compromise then consider how to stand your ground in a tactful manner.

The only ones who can make us feel obligated to do something is ourselves. Likewise the only one who has the power to strike fear in us is ourselves. If others are trying to intimidate you into doing something you don’t want to do then repeat that persons name and tell them they are not listening to you. If they still refuse to stop the harassment then simply cut off contact with them, leave the room, or hang up the phone. Sooner or later they will get the message.

The more you say no to others the easier it will get to say it. The next instant you don’t feel you should do something “no” will be your automatic response instead of “yes”. Our habits even affect our relationships with others. When you get into a habit of asserting yourself you will come away with more self respect and greater respect from others.

About the Author: Paul Barron works in the publishing field. You can visit his blog at


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Make Haunting Halloween Miniatures For The Dollhouse

By Lily Morgan

Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays are almost here. That means it is time to bring the seasonal decorations out. Not only that, but you have another great opportunity! If you and your children have a dollhouse and enjoy collecting, making, and decorating that dollhouse, now is the time you can have lots of fun.

You get to create great Halloween miniature furniture, and once you start with Halloween furniture, you can continue with all other seasonal furniture. Actually seasonal miniature furniture does not have to be all that glamorous. You can actually make lots of Halloween miniature furniture out of items like cardboard and paper.

You can find several sites online that offer printable miniature Halloween items like coffins, pumpkins, and witch sets. These are made in different scales so they fit houses of different sizes. You can use them to decorate your dollhouse, or even for other uses like candy favors or even as party invitations.

You can tell if the image will work for your dollhouse because it will tell you what scale the cutout is made for. Most are made for scale 1:12 but there are other sizes like 1:24.

You will first have to print the Halloween miniature furniture plans out on your printer. You may even want to use a heavier paper or even photographic paper. If your printer cannot handle heavier paper, then you can print it and glue it to a heavier paper.

Other Items you will need

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Glue stick or white glue

A ruler so you can crease the paper against it

Color paper for decorating your Halloween miniature furniture

Once you have printed the Halloween accessory out, then all you have to do is glue it to stiffer cardboard, if necessary, and crease it where the plans indicate, followed by gluing everything in place.

Seasonal accessories like Halloween miniature trimmings are what make working with the dollhouse even more fun for both children and adults. Children feel the house is never the same and is always changing, and adults have fun helping children to make interesting accessories.

No matter what kind of dollhouse furniture you have, and no matter how beautiful it is, what really makes a miniature home so interesting to everyone is seeing all the intricate little details and a large part of those little details are seasonal accessories and furniture.

As you can see by the samples we gave you above, this type of accessory is inexpensive and often made of something as simple as cardboard.

Where to find Halloween Accessories for the Dollhouse?

You can find all kinds of arts and crafts projects for the dollhouse at your local arts and crafts store, but the best place to find seasonal items is online. Online is your best option because often the instructions come with the plans at no additional cost.

What Types of Halloween Furniture can I Find?

You can find all kinds of plans online–items from pumpkins to coffins, candlesticks, baskets, and squash. You will find everything you need for Halloween here.

The most important part of all of this is that you make it a fun activity for kids and you can get them away from the video games, the TV, and get their creativity flowing with these types of projects.

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