Toddlers are naturally curious about their world.

They learn by testing and experimenting with everything around them. Constantly telling them ‘no’ can pour cold water on this natural curiosity. You may want to try some other ways to change behavior you don’t like.

Allow exploring.

Try to create situations where your child can explore life without lots of ‘don’t’ and ‘nos’. For example, if it’s not acceptable to blow bubbles in their milk during lunch perhaps they can go outside later and blow bubbles in water. Put your favorite things out of reach so you don’t have to tell your child not to touch them.

Offer two choices.

Most children like to have some control over their world. By offering them two choices (either of which you are happy with), you can guide her to the result you would like.


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