Recently I've felt that all I've said to Monkey is no. M is such a mobile, independent little man and he's started to explore his boundaries. I feel we've done quite a good job of baby proofing, but there are still places around the house that little fingers shouldn't be.
As much as I try to find another way to explain why M shouldn't be hitting the television or putting his hands down the toilet, the first word that finds its way to my lips is no. Monkey knows that no is a word that means he should stop doing something. When you say it he looks at you and more often than not, stops what he is doing.
But there are also times that he looks at you, whilst his bottom lip quivers and big fat tears roll down his cheeks. I hate those times. I scoop him up and tell him why Mama said no and give him a cuddle and stroke his head. I spend the next hour feeling awful, wondering if there's an alternative to disciplining our little man.
I'm very much in the exploration camp, I want M to learn that actions have consequences and sometimes they aren't good ones. But I don't want him getting hurt, like any loving parent should feel. But children of his age are learning every minute, like little sponges, absorbing something, every waking moment.
Do you find yourself saying no a lot? Any suggestions on different ways to steer him from dangerous situations?