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20-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Rebel
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September 14, 2023

20-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Rebel

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20-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Rebel

Your Little Rebel

It goes without saying that patience can be critical to communicating with toddlers, particularly when you’re negotiating with them and one of their favorite words is “no.” Want to Jedi mind trick them into saying “yes” more often? Experts recommend a few simple strategies. First up: no more bargaining with them as a means of cooperation. Instead, offer specific choices (“would you like to wear the red shoes or the green shoes?”) in place of statements (“it’s time to put your shoes on”) or open questions (“can we put your shoes on now?”)—and stick to those two options you’ve presented.

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