Kids hear the word “no” a million times a day.
Children are still learning how to interact with the world, and as such, there are some things that they can’t or shouldn’t do. Naturally, we tell them “no,” but now, some child psychologists and behaviorists warn that kids who hear the word too often can develop a negative outlook.
1. Use positive terms to respond to questions.
Phrase responses so that you’re telling children what they can do instead of what they can’t do. Say that they can play later or have one cookie instead of giving them an outright “no.”