The Word 'No'
By the time children begin to speak, they often say ‘no’ to everything, even when they mean ‘yes’. It must be because the observations made by the children about the situations and manner in which they heard the word 'no' spoken, have not yet clarified when to apply it.
So how do they learn what ‘no’ means?
Answer: by trial and error.
Practical clues to help them learn:
- Follow up the word ‘no’ by showing the child what action ‘no’ is attached to and replace this activity immediately with another she is allowed to do.
- When “No” means STOP - Say “Stop.” As the child looks at you, shake your head, hold up your hand and repeat: “Stop.”
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