Baby Image from Hassle Free Clip Art.com
MG to toddler:
"No! You can't have that. Please put it back!"
"No! Don't touch that! Thats dangerous."
"No! Don't pull baby's hair."
"No! Don't put that in your mouth."
"No! Don't climb on the table."
"No! You can't have another tub of yoghurt. One a day is enough."
and the list goes on.....
Toddler to MG:
MG: "Come here and change your diapers."
MG: "Come here and eat your porridge."
MG: "Come here. Its time for your bath."
MG: "Come and wear your socks."
The moral of the story: What goes around comes around.
Recently toddler has discovered the power of the word "No" so she's busy practising it. *(*rolls eyes*) "The experts" say don't say "No" to a child too often or this is what you get. "The experts" also say let them win some battles, blah..blah..blah.
This is a toughie for parents. Some rules needs to be established so that we don't end up with little spoilt brats running around but sometimes this is easier said than done. Its easy, waaaaaay too easy, to give in when one is very busy, running late or just too darned tired. (MG: "No, don't touch the keyboard!" Time to go... Be back later!)