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A 32-year-old member asked:

Why does my toddler always say, "mine?"

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It's a phaze : In infancy we cary them everywhere & tend to their needs much like a prince. This little potentate enters the toddler years expecting their parents to continue to serve their needs immediately & not interfere with their activities.As speech develops this view of the world is expressed by calling everything "mine".To include house, car, new brother, toy etc.This stage will pass as the kid matures.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Self definition: Many children when they first develop a strong sense of their own identity will identify things they like as "mine" with emphasis. This can go on for some months but eventually will disappear and they better distinguish what is truly theirs from other things in their environment.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why does my toddler always say, "no"?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Early communication: Toddlers have come out of infancy when their caretakers did everything possible to sooth them if they cried. They got fed when hungry, carried anywhere, changed when soiled, all with a simple fussy period. Toddlers say "no" as a mirror to what they hear you say, but more to protest what you are doing and push you to do what they want. As talking increased their intent is better understood.
Last updated Aug 20, 2014

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