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And the "NOs" have it…

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And the "NOs" have it…

It has started…just today my 16.5-month-old son started saying “NO!” Mostly at appropriate times like “did you potty?” but pretty much to any question. ALL DAY LONG. I tried to stifle a laugh several times and then I tried to keep from beating his little butt other times! Oh, this is just the beginning and my patience is already wearing thin…

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  1. Stay cool. It will pass! (Just not quickly, ha!) The best advice I got when my daughter was a toddler was to give her choices for EVERYTHING. It saved a lot of no’s and a lot of meltdowns. I gave her choices (both were good in my book since I chose them) for every little thing. For example, red bowl or purple bowl for cereal? Pink shirt or white shirt? Potty now or in five minutes?

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  2. My girls are 2 and that is their favorite word, I catch myself bribing them a lot….

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  3. Oh Kristen, I feel your pain. This is the beginning of him asserting his independence. I LOVE Stephanie’s suggestion of giving choices. As long as both choices you offer are ok with you, you win both ways and your son feels like he does too. Unfortunately, this struggle is ongoing, at some level, until they leave your house, it will just come in different forms. Hang in there! Truly the hard part will be to keep your cool when all those about you are losing theirs.

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    1. You mean the no’s last for 18+ years!? 😉

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  4. I have been giving his choices for just about everything for at least a few months now. And since the NO thing has started, everything is NO. Everything… Both choices get a No. He’ll tell me he wants milk and then refuse to drink it and say, “NO!” It’s kind of cute when I’m not already in a bad mood! Haha! He also just started having a fit over his toys and sharing. He has always loved playing with other kids and didn’t mind sharing toys at all. That all ended the last few days. His cousin (almost 3 years old) was over today and my son would freak out and scream and fight for a toy every time he would pick a new one up. I just hear his inner “terrible 2-year-old” screaming “MINE MINE MINE!” I swear it feels like the terrible 2s are starting. Maybe starting terrible 2s early means they’ll end early?!

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