Why you should indulge your child’s urge to say “no”—sometimes.

Say “yes” to “no.” When your toddler starts saying, “No, no, no” to the meals you serve, the clothes you pick out, or a scheduled playdate, you may not appreciate it, but it’s actually a healthy response when it comes to social development at this age. Look for simple ways you can be supportive of his budding independence without getting into an ongoing battle of wills—choices that you can give him for which the outcome isn’t critical for his health and well-being. Examples: the blue or red shirt, or bananas or applesauce?