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Learning Cooperation

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.