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23 month old discovered "no" with a vengence

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bumbly Thu 18-Jun-09 20:06:23

any tips on handling this?!

no to dressing, brushing teeth, nappy change, going out, going in garden etc

you name it everything!!!

and now says no to being with me!

argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

giddykipper Thu 18-Jun-09 20:08:06

My only tip - choose your battles. DS has gone to bed tonight fully clothed because he refused to take his clothes off and put his PJs on. I'll go up shortly and get him changed in his sleep.

bumbly Thu 18-Jun-09 20:10:53

oh wow that has put a smile on my face toniht a dmade me giggle

you sound like an ace mum!!!

wish i was that confident

giddykipper Thu 18-Jun-09 20:32:17

I worried to begin with that by letting him have his own way sometimes that he would expect it all the time. But it doesn't seem to work that way. It seems that by giving in when it really doesn't matter (like I reasoned tonight) then he understands that when I stand my ground I must mean it. We seem to get fewer stand-offs now. Non-negotiable things are: brushing teeth (although since getting these that's less of an issue), holding hands when we're by a road, erm, I actually can't think of anything else! I'm sure I'm not that liberal...

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