John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

"I Don't Want To"

This is Amelia, my three-year-old daughter. She's the cutest and funniest three-year-old I know. But she doesn't always look like this.

Sometimes she looks like this:

If you've ever known a three-year-old, you know it's not always fun.

Sometimes we'll ask Amelia to do something, and her new response is, "I don't want to."

Sometimes it's said in a whiny voice. Sometimes it's said earnestly. Sometimes it's shouted and followed by the stomping of feet or just sitting in the middle of the floor. Sometimes there's a full-on throw-down tantrum.

So...parenting experts...what should I do?