Any mom can tell you that ‘no’ is usually a toddler’s favourite word. Before I had a toddler myself I thought it was because they were contrarian by nature, asserting their independence. However, I now believe it’s because they hear this word so much.
Listening to myself the other day, I say ‘no’ to Hannah every few minutes. Whether she’s perching precariously on the edge of a stair, pouring something on the floor, or tormenting the cat, she hears ‘no’ from me pretty much more than any other word except for maybe her name (and that’s only because I usually add her name when I yell out ‘no’). 😉
It’s a little bit disappointing, because I would like the world to be a welcoming place for my little explorer. However, I am also aware that there are limits, and safety issues, and just plain social conventions that she needs to learn. And, one of the big ways that she learns them is by doing something and hearing ‘no.’