Your toddler鈥檚 talking. Yay! But lately, she鈥檚 all about repeating her new favorite word: 鈥淣o!鈥 You鈥檙e at a friend鈥檚 house, you鈥檙e at Grandma鈥檚, you鈥檙e dining out, you鈥檙e trying to pry your tablet from her freakishly strong toddler hands, and all you鈥檙e hearing is 鈥渘o, no, no, no!鈥 Before you start throwing a tantrum of your own, check out these simple strategies for dealing with your little naysayer.

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1. Swap words.聽Sometimes the 鈥渘o鈥 train has left the station simply because it鈥檚 one of the few words your toddler has mastered. 鈥淣o鈥 is a totally simple word to say 鈥 聽and your tot is all for showing off her mad speaking skills. That鈥檚 okay. You want her to talk. But now you need to switch things up a bit. Give her a new, ultra-easy word to replace 鈥渘o.鈥 Go, toe, doe or anything else that she can quickly master might end up fixing the 鈥渘o鈥 situation.

2. Crack up.聽When you start to hear her refusal, turn your tot鈥檚 soon-to-be meltdown into a giggle fest. C鈥檓on, you know you鈥檝e caught a case of the giggles plenty of times before. They鈥檙e infectious! Turn her frown around, and get her laughing. Make a silly face, a funny noise or start dancing like no one鈥檚 watching.

3. Break the cycle.聽Your tot is refusing her green beans, shouting 鈥淣O!鈥 as loud as her little voice will carry. She sees you scrunch your face, hold your breath, wipe away a tear and eventually give in. She knows the pattern, and she鈥檚 using it to get what she wants. The answer here is easy: Don鈥檛 cave. Okay, that鈥檚 easier said than done. You鈥檒l have tears (yours and hers), you鈥檒l hear more 鈥渘o鈥檚鈥 and you may even have a full-on scream fest. But, after a few times, she鈥檒l get the message and cool it.

4. Limit choices.聽So, you鈥檝e just given your tot these choices: She can put on a coat, spend five more minutes at the indoor playland, walk around the mall with you or eat her lunch. Whew! That鈥檚 a lot of options for anyone 鈥 let alone a two-year-old. Now she鈥檚 so overwhelmed that she鈥檚 vetoing everything. Limit her options to two. Bonus points if both choices are really the same thing, just cleverly phrased in different ways. Would you like to wear your blue coat out, or would you like to wear the pink one? Yep, either way, she鈥檚 still wearing a coat!

5. Be a role model.聽Admit it, there鈥檚 a slight possibility that your toddler鈥檚 鈥渘o鈥 addiction might come from hearing it a lot. Hey, no one鈥檚 blaming you. When she takes your never-been-worn lipstick to your dining room鈥檚 white walls, 鈥渘o!鈥 is certainly a valid response. That said, try to find a few alternatives. Let鈥檚 say your toddler just threw her lunch onto the floor. Hold back from shouting 鈥渘o!鈥 Swap it for something like, 鈥淲e don鈥檛 throw our food.鈥

6. Stop it before it starts.聽When your toddler hasn鈥檛 napped or eaten for hours or isn鈥檛 feeling well, she鈥檚 cranky. And, when she鈥檚 cranky, she鈥檚 spouting 鈥渘o鈥檚鈥 a thousand times more often than on a normal day. Stick to a schedule as much as possible, try to avoid skipping naps and keep a few snacks on hand. The better your child feels, it鈥檚 less likely that she鈥檒l go straight to 鈥渘o.鈥

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