Almost a year ago, I decided to write a post about Lewie's "no phase." Every kid has it, though I believe it comes with varying degrees. The "no phase" didn't last too long, thankfully, but a new phase has creeped right in... Instead of saying "no" to everything, my little boy has expanded his expression of resistance to the simple phrase "I don't want to..."
I hear "I don't want to..." about three or four times per day on good days. On bad days, my little boy will say it non-stop. Just today, I've been told the following:
"I don't want to watch Calliou. I want to watch Scooby Doo."
"I don't want to get dressed upstairs. I want to get dressed downstairs."
"I don't want to go shopping."
"I don't want to go potty."
"I don't want (the traffic light) to be green. I want it to be red."
The list can go on and on... Finally, if this isn't enough, my little boy likes to barter with me too. "Give me two minutes" is one of his favorite responses when he doesn't want to do something--take a bath, go potty, leave for preschool, etc. etc. At first, I'd actually give him the two minutes, until I realized there's no sincerity behind the comment. The two minutes would just become four minutes, to one hour, to just about never if it were up to him. "Two minutes" in his vocabulary means very simply....I don't want to...all over again.
What do you do when your little one is being resistant?