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'don't like it......' & 'no' how do you deal with those words?

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SpandexIsMyEnemy Tue 02-Sep-08 16:20:36

DS is 2.5, and has started over the last few weeks saying 'don't like it' and pushing things away - ie, food, music cartoons etc,

my usual responce is you do like it ds now try some etc etc but not sure if i should say something else? -0 is this a phase? - am worried over having a child who won't try anything.

other thing is him telling me 'no' not all the time but if he doesn't want to do something - usually I either say 'yes' or latterly don't tell your mummy no' or whom ever he's said it to.

I realise part of this is him realising he now has options, to an extent as i do allow him to choose things, but other stuff - ie, bed, manors, generally being semi well behaved he doesn't have options on. He's obv trying to ex hurt his independence so how do I keep that going without creating a devil child/ill manored grotbag!

Majeika Tue 02-Sep-08 16:22:15

I used to say 'oh good mummy can eat it then!' and then he would gobble it up.

or 'ooh mummy loves this music' and dance and he would join in.

Ignore mainly.

tis a phase!

Othersideofthechannel Tue 02-Sep-08 19:11:59

IME telling them what to think eg 'yes you do like it' doesn't work.
If he is articulate enough you could ask why. Or just acknowledge his feelings 'I see you don't want to do xxxx but we have to because yyyy'
Try to avoid questions that can be answered with a 'no'.

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