Talking Back

Anna - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi Mama's ....
My 2 1/2 year old has discovered talking back and answering back with "NO" to everything.... What should I do? We used to get our mouths washed out with soap... But I am not sure I agree with that these days.... Any suggestions, comments, opinions would be helpful....

Thank you - Anna

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Sanquanetta - posted on 11/05/2009

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Im going through the same thing with my 3 year old. She usually gets what she wants in most cases so when i ask her to do something and she says no I just tell her she can't have something like a snack then she will just get up and do whatever it is i ask of her.

Anna - posted on 11/04/2009

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Kaye,
Isabella already knows the word NO and went though that phase of saying it just to say it... Now her 17 month old brother is going through saying no but not knowing why... She is saying it and knowing that she is saying it... She is also on the WHY WHY WHY about everything... I don't think she is purposely pushing my buttons but who knows... I do try to use other words than NO but that doesn't always work... I am just not sure what to do next... I will continue to try using other words and let you know what happens... Thank you for you post!
-Anna

Kaye - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hello Anna

Has he just learnt the word NO? If so he might well just be saying it and not fully understanding it's meaning. If you say NO to him alot when you want him to stop doing something, your getting the same treatment off your child I do believe. Kids copy us because we are their role models, so it might be the case here? Try using different words to stop him doing things, if he's not hearing NO all the time he might stop the use of it too.

It's worth knowing it's a phase alot of kids go through at this age, they don't do it to be naughty or push your buttons.....but it usually has that effect.

after No it's usually WHY? WHY? WHY? to everything!! you have that to look forward to ha ha ha ...... good luck x

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