10 Things to Say Instead of, "No."

The average one year-old child hears the word, "no" 400 times a day or more according to a study by UCLA in the early 2000s. The over-use of, "no," ultimately has a diluting affect on the impact of the word. We advocate for parents to #sayitanotherway:



Here are 10 things that you can say, instead of, "no!"


  1. Yes, and not right now.

  2. I want to do that with you and will let you know when I'm available.

  3. I love you, and we can try to get to that later.

  4. Pause.

  5. Stop, please.

  6. No thank you.

  7. I don't like that.

  8. Oops!

  9. That's not available.

  10. When all else fails, "no," works!

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