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 (161 Posts)

Rita Brhel, BS, CLC, API Leader, is the Executive Editor for Attachment Parenting International. She lives with her husband and 3 children, ages 10, 8 and 5, near Hastings, NE, USA, where she works as a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor and a Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate. She also writes for various publications, including Mothering and La Leche League's New Beginnings.

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