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May 3, 2003 - Saturday
Every toddler learns "no" and it quickly becomes an important and generally altogether overuse statement of independence and self-sufficiency (even though a toddler is anything but self-sufficient). And, Jeremy has learned "no" now, too. Yet with Jeremy it's always "no-no," said politely and with a gentle shake of the head. And, as yet, although he's been using it for a couple of weeks, it has, I don't think, ever been used inappropriately, confrontingly, meanly, self-importantly, or anything but an extension of Jeremy's old nodding and shaking of the head.

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