Friday, December 3, 2010

The Dreaded "No"

That's right. This dreaded N-word had reached our household.
Sometime last week Caderyn started saying "No." To top off my shock of him saying this word, he also says "No" and shakes his finger at you when he says it.
Where the heck did that come from?
Jeff and I have tried to be positive reinforcers of the word "No." When he goes after something he shouldn't we usually say. "No touch" or "That's not okay." Only for the most dire and dangerous circumstances, do we ever use the N and the O.
So I have watched, disapppointed, as everything we generally ask or tell our kiddo is met with the small-voiced, yet defiant "No."

Me: "Caderyn lets get your snow boots on and go outside!"
Caderyn: "No"

Me: "Caderyn, don't bang your trucks on the glass table. That's not okay."
Caderyn: "No"

Welcome to toddler-hood!

Me: "Caderyn! You need to get off the top of the couch. That's dangerous!"
Caderyn: "No" (And then he jumps and my heart skips a few beats).

Me: Caderyn, come and give Mommy a kiss!"
Caderyn: "No" (And then my heart breaks a little.


The McGregor Clan said...

oooh girl, now it's about to get interesting. Just hold on and keep laughing. I swear, I used to say that Alana's head would spin around during some of her tantrums. I kept thinking, 'what happened to my sweet girl?" Our craziness lasted about 15 months. She threw a shoe at the back of my head during a fit in the car one time. If you ever want to talk about the terrible two's, give me a holler. James Dobson's book, "Strong willed child" saved us as parents and our marriage. well, that's an exaggeration, but it helped a bunch. well, love ya and merry christmas.

Sarah said...

Oh. I might have to check that book out. As we've progressed each day I've been thinking I might need to read a book to get me through.