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Saying they don't love you - The Toddler Years

Old March 20th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #1

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My soon to be 4 year old has randomly started saying "i no love you." She'll just be playing and I'll be sitting near her and she pops out and says that. So I've been telling her that's mean and putting her in time out for saying it. Hope she snaps out of it soon.

Has anyone else gone through this with their toddlers?


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Old March 21st, 2015, 02:20 PM   #2

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It's may just be a phase they go through. My almost 4 year old does the exact same thing. I think he is just trying to see what reaction he will get. Sometimes I tell him it's not very nice to say, but I usually just say "Well, I love you very much" and just keep doing what we were doing. He did it often for a week or two and now it doesn't happen very often at all.


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Old March 21st, 2015, 02:28 PM   #3
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My three year old does that sometimes. I just say " well I love you!". If he keeps it up I just ignore it. It's just a phase. I wouldn't put her in time out for it because she's probably just saying it to get a reaction.


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Old March 21st, 2015, 06:26 PM   #4
frustrated and annoyed..

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my daughter even though shes 4 now still says it every once in a while or when shes mad at me I just tell her "its ok you will get over it soon" not less then a minute later of me ignoring her throwing a fit shes all mommy I love you but I would never think of putting her in time out just give her some space and she will come around


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Old March 22nd, 2015, 12:26 AM   #5

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I usually reply with "it's okay to be mad at me, but it's not okay to say mean things to me. When you're happy again, you will still love me"


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Old July 22nd, 2015, 08:30 AM   #6

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I think the best way to deal with that is simply ignoring..THis very much sounds like a stage that will soon pass


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