As a stay at home mum, I answer to just one person – my very vocal 19 month old daughter. Little Chop’s language development is advanced and she seems to add new words to her already bursting vocabulary every day, but there is one word in particular that’s on high rotation at the moment. ‘No’. She says it with a little inflection at the end, like a question, which makes me giggle.
Me: Little Chop, do you want to watch The Wiggles?
Me: Yes! The Wiggles!
Me: But you love The Wiggles…
Me: You put your right foot in/ you put your right foot out/ you put your right foot in and you shake it all about…
Me: You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn around…
Me: That’s what it’s all about!
Me: Come on baby, time to go to sleep.
Me: Yes. Lie down please.
Me: Yes. You’re tired. Lie down now.
Sure, it’s not always the word I want to hear, especially at bed time, but I’ll take ‘no’ over a frustration tantrum any day!