When Your Toddlers Wants Arent Your Wants

Your toddler’s ideas, plans and feelings may now differ from yours on all sorts of issues. Realizing that you don’t necessarily agree will come as a shock to him at first.

When you say “no,” he may fall to pieces, unable to hold the idea that what he wants to do is not what you want him to do. He may test his newfound knowledge by repeating the same behavior several times in a row. Do you say “no” each time?

Be consistent in your message, but you don’t always have to resort to the word “no.” Try saying things like, “I know you want to do that, but we can’t right now. We can try tomorrow” or “You could get hurt touching the stove. I don’t want you to get hurt. Let’s play over here.”

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