Toddler Language Comprehension

At some point, your toddler's tendency to say "no" to everything will startto vary a little. As he acquires more language comprehension andvocabulary, your child will be able to:

  • Negotiate a little
  • Understand the concept of choosing between two items (but no more thanthat)
  • Understand a brief sentence ("We can do this after your bath")

The Big Picture

But don't be fooled. He's still in the business of trying to get his ownway, assert his independence, and test his limits. Be clear about what youexpect from him. A young child doesn't really understand "Be good," so optfor a precise instruction such as "No hitting" instead. Try not to talk toomuch when setting limits — a lot of words overwhelm, upset, and confuseyour toddler. Keep it simple.

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