Use That Little Voice!
The Kinderkids of Kinderwood often have big feelings they want to express!
“No” is a powerful word for little ones like the Kinderkids. It’s easy to say, yet carries a big message. When your toddler says “No,” they are saying that they are their own person, with their own ideas, feelings, and desires.
When kids use their voices to advocate for themselves, they are taking the first step toward being upstanders!
Parent/Caregiver Tip: “No” isn’t always a word that signals defiance. It’s also a word that allows a child to express their individuality. They’re sharing their unique point of view — their own ideas! One day, you will be glad that they feel comfortable using their voice to stand up for themselves. In the meantime, try acknowledging their feelings while still staying firm in your stance. For example, you might say, “You said, ‘No!’ You really don’t want to brush your teeth right now. It’s hard to stop playing, but it’s time to brush! Here, you can hold the toothpaste. I’ll sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while we brush, and then we’ll be all done.”
- Let’s sing a new song — it’s called "The NO Song." I’ll sing first, and then we can sing together.
- Let’s sing the word “NO” over and over again to the tune of Frére Jacque. We’ll sing the first phrase quietly, the second phrase a little louder with our hands on our hips, the third phrase as loud as we can and pretend to have a tantrum, and sing the last phrase quietly again.
- Sing it with me!