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What age did yours start listening to "No"?

My son is 18 1/2 months....very smart, pretty good communication for his age. Not a huge vocab, but he understands everything we say. So why doesn't he react at all when we say no? He doesn't get mad or defiant, he just completely continues with what he was doing. Anyone else dealing with this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:03 PM on May. 26, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • By that age there is no reason why he's not reacting accept that he doesn't seem to have a reason to do so... You need to back up your words with actions. Tell him NO, one time. IF he doesn't react, go pick him up and take him straight to time out (or whatever you use) and keep it up, every time he doesn't listen... He'll catch on!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:06 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • Mine was way younger..if I said NO, he would freeze. LOL Some kids are 5 or older before it ever occurs to them to stop.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 5:07 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • And by way younger, I mean under a 6 or 7 months.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 5:07 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • My 2 1/2 still wont listen half the time! Just follow through with consequences


    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 5:12 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • My kids understood "no" at 6 months but whether they chose to do it or not was a totally different thing...

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 5:21 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • ORIGINAL POSTER...yea, he understands no, he just doesn't react to it

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:42 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • You need to reinforce the "No".
    When I started teaching my children "No", at around 8 months (usually when they begin crawling), I say "No" and move them away from the thing I don't want them touching. If they are hitting, move them away from who they are hitting. EVERY SINGLE TIME. They will learn.
    Children that don't respond to "No" usually have parents that don't back up the "No".

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:14 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • You have to be able to follow through with reactions or consequences to not listening. My LO was understanding the word NO when she started to crawl. By the time she was a year she was told NO then she was told NO again and then I would warn of a consequence that would follow if she was told again. I follow through every time so she stops at the second one that comes with a warning.

    Answer by coala at 10:48 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • I am dead serious when i say this. My son is 11 months and if you say no, he will stop. I started saying no to him at around 7 months cuz he could pull up and got into everything and by bout 9 months he started listening :)

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 1:32 AM on May. 27, 2010

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