Are you hearing “no”?
As our tiny peers grow, they evaluate what is in their control and what is not. This can lead to different forms of testing during moments of exploration. We encourage you to try these tips so that both you and your tiny peer walk away feeling fulfilled!
- Give your toddler some control (we know this can sound scary). This practice allows them to feel trusted, capable & engaged! For example, if you need to leave the house and are met with “no,” try asking: “Would you like to put on your shoes first or your jacket?” Both of these options move you toward the front door while eliminating space for a “no” response.
- Keep in mind there is great power in a tiny peer’s “no.”. They are learning to navigate their own boundaries and it is important to stop and acknowledge the context of their wishes. When it comes to giving a hug or sharing a marker, a “no” is often important to embrace. This creates healthy relationships with themselves & those around them!