My son says no A LOT too, so it's probably normal for certain age groups. I try to change up the words I use and that helps some. In addition to no, I also use words like stop, danger, careful, hot, etc and I try to give directions to DO something (rather than NOT do something) when I can. I find he's better with a positive direction (ex. sit down on the couch) rather than negative (ex. don't stand on the couch). I don't know if it's just my kid or if that's something that might help too. Sometimes I try to give him choices between a couple things, so I can find ways to say yes more often. There are days I've felt like the NO police, and when I find we're having a day like that I try to take another approach to things. If he doesn't follow directions or continues a bad behavior (like throwing or hitting), then he gets time outs.
at 12:11 AM on Oct. 31, 2010