Aside from being a speech-language pathologist, I’m also a mom to a 2 year-old little boy. He’s full of love, laughter, curiosity, and excitement. He also understands he has opinions. Quite often through the day, I hear him say, “I don’t have to,” “I don’t want to”, “I said no” to let me know he has a different plan than the one I had.
I reached out to a friend who is also a parent educator. I asked her, “What is the best way to respond to this?” I wanted to share her response with you because I’m sure there are some of you going through this and/or may experience this in the near future. She suggested I give him a lot of opportunities to say “no” in a fun, playful
manner. So, I’ll point to the couch and ask, “Is this a pig?” using a silly voice. We find times throughout the day to do this and this has been incredibly helpful. The strong voiced “no” does not come out as often as it was.
The word “no” is powerful. Children learn this and soon discover all of the ways they can put the
word to use.
Just know, if you are experiencing a new stage with a child in your life, regardless of your role
(teacher, parent, aunt, etc.), know it is okay to reach out to others. Express what is happening and ask, “Do
you have any suggestions on what I might try?” Sometimes, the best resources are those close to you.
~Marena Mitchell,Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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