"I can’t control your behavior; nor do I want that burden… but I will not apologize for refusing to be disrespected, to be lied to, or to be mistreated. I have standards; step up or step out." - Steve Maraboli parents are ruthless!
Do you find yourself saying more than is necessary? Long, drawn out reasons and explanations? STOP it NOW! No complaining or explaining is required after you say "No." A simple thank you may suffice just fine tho. ;)