When we were young, particularly during those Terrible Twos, we learned to stand our ground and not yield to every request that came our way. We turned our noses at anything green on our plates. We ran the other way when it was bedtime, bath time, or homework time. We refused to make our bed and put our toys away.
We said no.
As we got older, something happened and we began to accept things that our toddler selves would never have tolerated. We tried new foods and learned that maybe we were wrong about what we originally rejected. We stuck to the daily routine of sleep, bathing, and work schedules, whether we liked them or not. We washed dishes, dusted furniture, and vacuumed, even if we hated every minute.
We stopped saying no.