Disclaimer: This series of posts is written in jest. If you cannot respond to sarcasm, please don’t read any further. 😉
Step # 2 — Let your child say, “No!”
It is so exciting when our little toddlers start saying their first words. Without a doubt, one of their first words will be “no.” Let me tell you, there is nothing quite as cute as a child back talking their parents.
Parent: Johnny, stop wiggling while we get these clothes on you.
Parent: Honey, he said his first words. Isn’t that wonderful?
Certainly, it is.
Parent: Susie, can you pick up those toys, please?
Isn’t that the cutest thing ever?
Be sure to embrace this. Let it be their favorite word. Sure, it is slowly building a heart of rebellion within your child, but you can just fix that when they are teenagers. It will be so much easier to deal with then. Besides, your child needs to have a mind of their own. If their mind says, “no,” who are we to tell it different?