Hello, My Name Is No

Will is going to start talking any day now. And when he does, and someone asks him what his name is, I fully expect him to chirp the word “NO!”

Because lately, that’s all we say to him. Honest to God, I feel like all I do is follow him around, wait until he gets into something he’s not supposed to, and then gently reprimand him with a “No!” And let me tell you, he’s into EVERYTHING! Especially remote controls and cell phones. And the bitch of it is, we gave him his own remote control and cell phone. Real ones, not toys. But somehow, the kid can tell that they’re non-functioning because he wants nothing to do with them. He only wants the ones that work. And whenever he enters a room, he finds them right off the bat. It’s uncanny.

Hell, I’m sitting at my computer right now and I’ve already had to stop him from going through my wallet, grabbing the remote, pushing the power button on the TV and touching the Nintendo Wii. He’s like a trouble tornado.

And I’m not mad at him, he’s doing his job. Right now, at his age, kids test their boundaries and see what they can get away with. So I never got too mad at him, just frustrated and tired. But even though I understand why Will is acting like this, I know for a fact he knows what he’s doing is wrong and he’s messing with me.

Case in point, the power button on the TV. He goes over, touches it, and turns the TV off. I tell him no, and move his hand away from the button. Then I go back and sit down. He looks at me, looks at the TV and looks back at me. He gets a thoughtful look on his face as he continues to glance between me and the TV. Then, very deliberately, he creeps toward the TV and he slowly extends one finger toward the power button, looking at me the whole time for my reaction. It’s actually really hilarious, but I’ve discovered laughing is the worst thing you can do because it just encourages him.

I think this is just the way it is at this age and I”m sure there’s nothing I can really do about it, but I’m starting to feel badly about being so negative all the time. But if I don’t walk around acting like a human NO machine then he’ll never have any boundaries established.

Can you imagine a world with no boundaries. I think they call that “Grandma and Grandpa’s house!”

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10 thoughts on “Hello, My Name Is No

  1. my kids actually get more “no” from their grandparents because the house isn’t childproofed. your best bet is to childproof as much as possible so he can explore safely. don’t know what to tell you about that t.v. button, though.

  2. That is exactly what you call it! Although there are a few “No’s” around the TV. He knows exactly what he is doing – smart boy!

  3. I’m sure there would be a “no” if he tried to turn off the TV during the Red Sox or Patriots. Your Dad seems to be as obsessed as you are!

  4. Hahaha. I’m so glad my kids are through that stage! Don’t worry – the negativity affects you infinitely more than it bothers the kid. :)

  5. Totally called Grandma’s house. My 7 year old has my mother trained to GO TO BURGER KING FOR HIM and pick him up food every single Friday. Can I tell you that my mother never did that for me?

    Bitter? Me? NEVER.

    And by “never” I mean “always.”

  6. My parents told me that my dog was going to think his name was Otter No because that is all I ever said to him. Hopefully my son won’t think the same thing.

  7. Wait until your little one first tells you NO! when you tell him to do something. That’s always a treat. I don’t know how he did it, but my husband developed THE LOOK. It replaced the word no. He still uses it and it still works. I’m jealous.

  8. Let me tell you that saying “No” over and over again is a lot better than what my sister-in-law tried. She, in her infinite wisdom, thought that if she said “No” too much that they would run around yelling “No” at her. So, she ran around saying, “Uh-uh” or “Ouchie” constantly.

    Needless to say, not one of her obnoxious kids knows what “No” means, does whatever the hell they want and scream “NOOOOOO” at her and my brother constantly.

    You’re doing the right thing! I’m the Queen of No, and my kid knows exactly what it means, as do the dogs and the husband ;)

  9. I have a friend who makes this buzzer noise at her kids when they are getting into something they shouldn’t. It really works! She says you have to do it loudly the first few times and then they get used to the noise and you can just do it at normal volume.

    My daughter learned the word no not too long ago. It is her favorite. Some days all I hear is her little voice going “No no no no no”. It is cute for now…not so much in a few months.

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