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!"
Yes, and not right now.
I want to do that with you and will let you know when I'm available.
I love you, and we can try to get to that later.
No thank you.
I don't like that.
That's not available.
When all else fails, "no," works!