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5 Ways to Make a Toddler Say Yes or No

toddler covering eyes with yes or no words

My toddler won’t say yes or no!

As a parent, there is always a fantastic feeling when your toddler finally learns to use the words Yes or No appropriately. In most cases, the toddler will never learn to use the two terms until he is 19-24months old. The two words, as simple as they seem to be, are a vital element in your child’s language. Most of the choices you approve from your toddler will depend on his ability to say a Yes or No.

For instance, you want to buy a ball, and you ask him. ‘should I buy you a ball’? The response will determine your next step, to obtain the ball or forget about the idea. A child who can say a yes or no is a step further in learning communication. With the help of the two words, you can get answers to all the questions you need from him.

Some toddlers find it easy to use the two words correctly; to some, it is a mountain to climb. To get your child to learn the concept of yes or no and using it appropriately, you need to follow the following tips and facts.

Read books that help your child learn the words.

Most toddlers’ books have short stories capable of driving the child to answer a Yes or No answer. Such books are exciting, interactive, and full of fun, which is what the toddlers want. As you read the book loudly, be with your child, and let him imitate you. Remember to emphasize the two words differently. For instance, a phrase like, please mummy, shall we go to the market? Yes, my daughter, we shall go to the market; The confirmation of the statement by a yes answer approves the idea. The opposite happens to a No response. The toddler will learn the need and positioning of the words in a sentence.

Frequent use of the words yes and no will stick to the mind of the toddler, and she understands how they are used. That will be a step forward to achieving your dream of having your child have a perfect language.

Act silly and ask silly questions.

Sometimes if you have to achieve something, all you need is to be silly. Avoid subjecting your child to a grammar class and, instead, be direct and straightforward to the point. Ask your child obvious questions, which will lead her to answer a yes or a no. For example, Is this a table? Is he your brother? Is he your father? Should I pinch you? The obvious answers will be a Yes or No. By so doing, you have an excellent chance to let your child know how to use the words.

During these interactions, give her a chance to ask you some questions. If she succeeds, make sure you use the two words as frequently and effectively as possible. The exchange turns until you are sure she gets the differences. However, this will not be a day’s activity, and you need a daily workout.

Nod your head to model yes and no.

A parent should know toddlers want to be their reflections. A mother or a caregiver will lay the foundation of a child through character and behavior. When you use abusive language, for instance, your toddler will emulate it. Remember, children learn most of their characters in childhood. Teaching your child to say yes or no is no different. In this case, say yes while nodding your head and no while shaking your head.

The simple combination will help the child to know a yes or no answer is relevant besides one nodding or shaking their heads. The technique is most applicable to the toddlers who respond by either nodding or shaking their heads when giving responses. To stop your child from nodding and teaching them to say yes, you need to pretend you don’t understand. Ask your toddler if she needs some fruits, and once she nods to mean yes, take the answer as unfavorable. Tell her you are sorry she doesn’t like the fruit. Of course, she will resist, and you get a chance to make a move. Make her use the word yes as she says yes.

Clearly distinguish a yes and a no for the toddler.

Have you encountered a child who says Yes, even where the answer is not fit? In other words, she has a No answer in her language. Well, there are many toddlers with the same challenge. Nevertheless, it should not frustrate or discourage the parent from teaching her child more lessons. It is not as hard, and you need to let the child nod when you mention a Yes and let her Shake the head, illustrating a No answer. But you don’t have to teach both at the same time. You can train at different intervals repetitively. Do not forget emphasis leads to understanding. If possible, you can include charts or writing in the wall, which keeps refreshing the memory of the child.

Promise gifts.

Children love to be appreciated by their parents. They feel comfortable when the parents congratulate them for something they did. You can use the opportunity to give them the gifts if they promise and manage to use the words Yes and No. In a short time, it will not be a matter of gifts, but they will have developed behavior.


As discussed in the texts above, it is not a grave mistake for a toddler not to say a yes or a no. Just as other vocabulary is taught, so is the use of a Yes or a No. Notably, parents or guardians play a vital role in building the foundation of their children’s language. How committed a parent is will depend on how fast and effective a child will learn to use the correct words correctly. A parent should leave their children with caregivers who will teach them important aspects of life, such as language. Parents should trace the different sources where their children learn the language and other traits since it can be a deterrent to teaching the correct use of words. Additionally, one should be strict on the types of content the toddler listens to. A toddler should read, watch, and listen to content produced specifically for their age.

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