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The "no" period

From 1 to 2 years

The "No" Phase

When your child starts to say "no !", he wants to make his own decisions.  This is the self-assertion phase, and he learns to make choices.

He is trying to tell you a lot of things by saying "no", for example:: "I want to do this by myself ! I don’t like that! I want to finish what I started!  I am scared! I want to choose myself! I don’t want to be alone or I don’t want to do that "!



It is important that children learn to say "no!".

This is the period when they learn to reflect, to choose and to become independent. They like or dislike certain things, but are not always able to explain what they want or what they feel.  They sometimes only have one word that comes to mind:  "no!".


Try to understand what your child means when he says no.

Does he need to feel independent and to make his own choices?
  • Give him choices. You must agree with one or the other of his choices and be sure that they present no risk.  For example: "Do you want peas or carrots?", "What sweater to do want to wear?"
  • Show him how to play with objects such as: a children’s phone, plastic tools or dishes.  He will learn to imitate the grown-ups.
He is having fun and does not want to stop?
  • Tell him a little ahead of time: "I know that you are having a lot of fun on the swings, but we must go back home soon"..
  • You can offer an alternative: "When we get home, you can help bake cookies".