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Why does my toddler always say, "no"?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: Toddler speak

This is how toddlers communicate.
First, no is a simple and meaningful word that is often picked up early. Second, it holds great power because it often earns a big response from caretakers and thus gets repeated a lot.

In brief: Toddler speak

This is how toddlers communicate.
First, no is a simple and meaningful word that is often picked up early. Second, it holds great power because it often earns a big response from caretakers and thus gets repeated a lot.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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