The Age of No

Somewhere during his 21st month, Curly learned that it was in his control to say the word ‘No’ and make a point. So he began to do it very often. They aren’t kidding when they say with toddlers, everything is ‘No.’ Even when it’s ‘Yes.’ Case in point: “Do you want your milk?” “No” (while taking the milk). “Are you hungry?” “No” (and one minute later he begs to eat) “Did you poop?” “No” (oh yes he did)

Of course, sometimes the answer really is “No” and we have no problem with him asserting his independence through the use of that word, but we’d rather not hear it 80 times a day thank you very much. Starting to emerge is “Yeah” and a positive nodding of the head. Those are far and few between, but lovely to see. Hopefully one day it’ll be a 50/50 split.

I am also posting to say that a remote-controlled car is a really excellent toy for a youngin. We purchased one  for 2+ years when he was 20 months old and it never fails to amuse. He locks his eyes on it and just stares when I, or Nutella, are in control. Sometimes we give him the remote, and while he loves pushing the buttons, it seems he doesn’t quite get the fact that it actually controls the little car. So he’ll hold the remote and tell one of us to give it a push. Funny.

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11 responses to “The Age of No

  1. Love the video, so cute.

    No is a fun stage that so far hasn’t ended in our house. Erik will say “No” before we even finish the question. Then he realizes what we said and he goes, “I mean yes!” Ian says no a lot now too.

  2. Lol, seriously. That was adorable. I’ve gotta get one of those cars for Bird!!

  3. You’re lucky you made it to 21 months – we hit the NO stage sometime this last month as well, and the boy just turned 18 months yesterday! No means yes, no means no, and sometimes he just walks around saying no for no apparent reason.

  4. Cute! The no’s sound fun. I think they start to get that saying no will occasionally get them their own way, even if they don’t really get what it means. If that makes sense. Love the remote control car! Too funny.

  5. When my younger brother went through his “No!” stage, my younger sister and I thought it was hilarious to ask him “Do you have a brain?”

  6. I know it must be frustrating, but I find the whole NO! thing to be so adorable… in other people’s children, anyhow…

  7. Precious video! And I agree with Pom, all the NOs sound cute— in other peoples kids.

  8. So cute! Our bean is scared of her remote controlled car. The nos didn’t last long for us-I hope it’s the same for you!

  9. I am loving your video posts. That kid is entirely too cute!

  10. Cute boy! I’m going to have to remember to get my kids a car someday too! Its got to be fun for chasing the dog and cat as well right?

    Curly, you say no, no, no but you mean yes, yes, yes 😉

  11. Adorable. That part at the end where he holds his hand out and says “go!” makes me think of that commercial with the little kid dressed up as Darth Vader.

    E says no even when he means yes too. It just recently occurred to me (duh) that we could ask him to say yes before providing what we know he wants (the same way we ask for pleases and thank yous) and we’ve been trying it, but I don’t think it’s making a bit of difference. I can’t wait until the YES starts coming out on its own!

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