Toddler refuses to use his words

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 06/08/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 2 a few weeks ago. He used to tell me "done" "up" or "down" when he was done eating and wanted out of his booster seat. For the last few weeks all he does is Yell! It is driving me crazy. It's like he forgot how to use those words. I ask him if he is done, wants down or up and he answers "no." He answers "no" for Everything!!!! He can tell me "eat" which of course means he is hungry, I will ask, are you ready to eat lunch? The answer is always "no." I don't know what to do. I refuse to give in to his yelling, so I will not let him out of his seat until he is quiet, but he still won't talk to me. I know he has the words he just wont use them and I don't know what to do! We only have this issue when it comes to meal and snack time. He uses his words for other things just fine, "book, read, eat, ball" etc. Seriously, how do I get him to tell me when he is done eating instead of just yelling at me? It's to the point I can't take him into a restaurant because of it, but we used to go out all the time and I even got complements on how well behaved he was especially for a toddler. Now, with the yelling, I am scared to take him out because I do not want to be "one of those parents with the screaming kid."

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Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 06/12/2013

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I do tell him to use his words. And I praise the heck out of him when he Does use his words. When it comes to meal time, I have literally left him in his seat for Over 90 minutes! waiting for him to tell me "done" "up" "down" or even "yeah" when I ask if he is done eating. I have allowed him to fall asleep in his seat because he Refuses to talk to me at meal time when he is done eating.

Michelle - posted on 06/09/2013

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Instead of just waiting until he is quiet, tell him to use his words. Don't do anything until he tells you what he wants. At the moment it's a battle of wills as he's just at that age (they don't call it the terrible 2's for nothing). You need to show him that you are more stubborn than he is.

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