29 Ways to Say ‘No’ to a Toddler

Apparently, it’s best not to over-use the word ‘no’ with toddlers, or it begins to lose all meaning. Easier said than done when your small person spends most of its time balancing on unstable objects and cramming dangerous-looking articles into its mouth. Here are a few alternatives, anyway…
  1. That’s not a good idea
  2. That is a really bad idea
  3. That is a seriously, seriously bad idea
  4. (I told you that was a bad idea)
  5. Mummy would rather you didn’t do that
  6. Shall we try doing it this way?
  7. Stop it
  8. Stop it please
  9. PLEASE STOP THAT
  10. Be careful
  11. Be extremely careful
  12. CAREFULLY
  13. Nope
  14. Negative! Negative!
  15. Not good. Not good at all.
  16. That is naughty behaviour
  17. That behaviour is a one-way ticket to naughty-town
  18. Can you not?
  19. Could you possibly desist what you’re doing?
  20. Ixnay on the oopid-stay
  21. Are you crazy?
  22. Shall we try not doing that?
  23. I bet you can’t not do that
  24. Wouldn’t it be a fun game to try not doing that?
  25. Look at mummy NOT DOING THAT
  26. (Daddy wouldn’t be impressed to see you doing that, you know)
  27. OK. Chocolate if you stop
  28. That’s right, CHOC CHOC
  29. Good boy.

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