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Children at two years of age are egocentric, and you can’t teach them to say “I’m sorry” or not to say “No.” They are practicing their newly discovered independence. They don’t call them the “Terrible Twos” for nothing!

It’s important to monitor toddlers’ play, and be one step ahead with things to keep them busy in order to avoid conflicts. When your child says “No”, try to give him a choice of two things, “Do you want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a lamb chop?” – try to avoid open ended questions. This defiance is a normal stage in the growing process and will soon pass.

You might check out some books on this development stage or join a local parental support group for ideas and encouragement.

Vicki Lansky’s practical, common sense approach to parenting is familiar to millions throughout the world. Vicki’s first book, Feed Me, I’m Yours, published in 1974, and still one of the most popular baby/toddler food cookbooks in the country, was followed by The Taming of the C.A.N.D.Y. Monster, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her other titles include: Toilet Training, Birthday Parties Best Party Tips & Ideas For Ages 1-8, Dear Babysitter Handbook, Welcoming Your Second Baby, Getting Your Child to Sleep … and Back to Sleep, Trouble-free Travel with Children, Baby Proofing Basics and Games Babies Play From Birth to Twelve Months, Koko Bear’s New Potty, A New Baby at Koko Bear’s House, Koko Bear and the New Babysitter, and Koko Bear’s Big Earache. Vicki Lansky’s Divorce Book for Parents: Helping Children Cope with Divorce and Its Aftermath


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