Marme and E and WC

I love you to the moon and back again…

No, No, No!

on July 15, 2012

Before we left for Boston E learned the word every parent dreads–NO! It was basically overnight and it gave him that voice to finally express all the things he didn’t want or want to do. Who knew there were so many?

While we were in Boston for a week, we heard that word at least once every hour. Being the expressive child that he is, it wasn’t adequate to say it once. He had to repeat it over and over again every time he used it. “No, No, No!” became the go-to-words for the trip. Although it can be annoying at times, especially when you are trying to get him to do something, it’s also fascinating to see his little personality begin to strive for independence and voice his likes and dislikes. The key is to not let him get the upper hand and to know when it’s time to tell him, “Yes, yes, yes!”

The life of a toddler can be frustrating, especially before they can communicate with the adults in their life. Until that time, frustration sets in and they may know what they are saying but “we”, the adults, have no idea. As annoying as the “no” can be at times, at least he is able to let us know when he doesn’t want to do something (especially when he’s frightened).

It’s so much fun experiencing these phases with my little guy. The last few months have been some of the best times with him. There’s nothing like a “hi!” in the morning to cheer you up and make you realize that you are blessed to have had the chance to be a part of his life for so long.


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