On toddler negativity – When “no” becomes versatile than “smurf”

My child has progressed to a new stage in his verbal development. Although he mastered complex, high-payoff words such as ‘chocolate’ almost half a lifetime ago, and recently managed to run out a string of new and amazing words including “ready” and “awesome”, simple words still appear to elude him. “Fox” is obstinately reduced to “Fok”, and “yes” has never evolved beyond “uh-huh.” Very teenagerly of him.

He did demonstrate some aptitude with “no” early on, although this was not his first word. In the past two days, though, his linguistic proficiency has degenerated to little more than a prolific application of “no” lavished to any imaginable purpose. Now that he seems to be coming down with one of the cyclical youth plagues that tirelessly incubate at daycare, he appears to have only one possible solution to any issue:

Me: “What’s wrong, kiddo? Why are you so grumpy? Are you hungry?”

Him: “No.”

Me: “Are you cold?”

Him: “No.”

Me: “Do your teeth hurt?”

Him: “No.”

Me: “Do your ears hurt?”

Him: “No.”

Me: “Can you touch what’s bothering you?”

Him: “No.”

Me: “All you want to say is ‘no’?”

Him: “No.”

Ugh. The next couple days will probably be long ones.


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