Celebrate Your Toddler’s “No!”

by Rita Brhel on February 15, 2012

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“No!” is probably the most commonly used word in toddlerhood! It flies out of our children’s mouths before they even have time to really think about what they are saying “no” to. When my five children were young, they were allowed to say “no” as much as they wanted to. I think “no” is an important word for asserting their feelings and desires and, unless it is a matter of safety, they have the right to have their opinion listened to and respected. Find out why Canadian parenting educator Judy Arnall says that children should be allowed to say “no” on The Attached Family online magazine at http://theattachedfamily.com/membersonly/?p=2964

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Rita Brhel (131 Posts)

Rita Brhel, CLC, API Leader, is the Publications Coordinator for Attachment Parenting International. She also works as a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor at Hastings, Nebraska, USA, and is a freelance agricultural journalist. She lives with her husband and 3 children on a sustainable family farm. She enjoys crocheting, listening to music, photography, reading biographies, being with nature, volunteering with 4-H, and singing at church.

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