Your Toddler's Favorite Word – "NO"

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The toddler years are filled with growth and new discoveries. While your toddler discovers her voice and learns new vocabulary, her favorite word may fast become, “NO!” With every “no” your toddler is finding and asserting her independence. While this is a natural growth stage, it can try your patience on your more frazzled days.

A wonderful way to divert from the stream of “no’s” is to give your toddler a choice between two options so she feels that she has some independence.

  • Would like Cheerios or fruit for breakfast?
  • Would you like to walk and hold mommy’s hand or be in your stroller?
  • Would you like to take a nap or have a time out? 🙂

Be creative, tap into your parenting genius and you will see you can reel in your toddler’s string of “no’s.”

What creative toddler tips do you have?

3 Responses to “Your Toddler's Favorite Word – "NO"”

  1. Stephen October 19, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    We’ve taught our children to use sign language at an early age to help when they lack verbal skill. Many of the struggles of the “terrible 2’s” is due to a communication gap. Using signs bridges the gap between their preverbal and verbal stages. Signing also helps them learn to express their feelings in ways they could not do as easily. We use simple signs for “drink”, “milk”, “eat”, “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”, etc… As the child learns to talk, they will continue to sign, which is great for communicating quietly in public places (it’s great to be able to tell your tweenager “no” from the other side of a large room without anyone else knowing). Learning two languages gives children intellectual skills that extend into other areas like reading and math, possibly even increasing IQ.

    Even without any of the other benefits, though, this is just a great way for infants and toddlers to have their needs met before they can verbalize those needs.

  2. Michelle October 19, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Thanks for the tip Stephen! Where did you learn sign language? Do you have any good resources for parents who want to learn?
    Thanks again!

  3. Belinda Parker October 29, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    I Try to use positive redirection with my kids. I turn their focus on to a different activity rather than letting them protest about another. It has work great for our kids so far, especially our 9 month old. Thanks!