Toddlers do not understand what the word “no” means and why they cannot engage in
certain behaviors. Parents must show children at this age what appropriate behavior is.
For instance, if a child hits, the parent can redirect the child to another topic, location, or
activity. Parents can redirect the behavior by getting out crafts or a game the child
enjoys. Parents can also ask leading questions to redirect the misbehavior. For
example, parents can ask what they want to do later in the day