Say no to a young child without compromising
“Don’t touch that”, “Don’t go there”, “Don’t do that”… We forbid, we prohibit and we ban so much that it is impossible to count how many times our children are turned down in a day.
The problem is, by hearing “no” all the time, your one, two or three year-old will soon answer no all the time too! It could worsen his ‘no’ phase.
It doesn’t mean that we should stop forbidding ether! It is only preferable to give options to our child. For example, if you don’t want him to touch a bowl on a shelf, you can tell him that he can still play with the plastic containers…
“You must give the impression that your child still has some control over his life”, says Solene Bourque.