While saying no to your toddler is often necessary, it isn't fun for either of you. To cut down:
Replace \"no\" with \"yes.\" Try "We sit on the couch" instead of "No standing on furniture!"
Or "Yes, you can have a cookie -- right after you eat your green beans." This helps toddlers understand the rules and may prevent a power struggle.
Speak up when she's good. If you can give your child three compliments for every time you say no over the course of a day, she'll be more likely to hear -- and heed -- you when you reprimand.
Stay one step ahead. Limit temptation: If your child likes to root around in your jewelry box, put it out of reach or give her her own special piece of bling.