When a child misbehaves and the parent threatens discipline but does not follow through, the parent is teaching the child rebellion. When a parent says no to a child, but gives in to the child after the boy or girl fusses long and/or hard enough, the parent is teaching the child rebellion.
If the parent tells a child no, but the child presents a well reasoned legitimate cause for the parent to change his or her mind, and the parent then says yes, the parent is teaching the child to stand up for himself or herself.
Consistency, listening, and changing our minds are important when raising children
God is the perfect parent, however, we are not (1 Peter 2:17; Exodus 32:9-14).