No, no & thrice no!
I do try to distract Baby Chick where possible by engaging her in another task, but as I said in a previous post, she loves handing me things now so I can get anything dangerous she may procure, thankfully she hasn't had anything too bad yet as I've put shelves up high & all the stuff that she shouldn't have or I don't want chewed/ripped, etc are safe... for now!
I'm also hoping that her next new word won't be NO, its very cute to hear a toddler say no but only if the child is not yours, so cute then, but if you live with a child that perpetually says no because thats all they have heard I would think it would be hard work to get them to stop using it for everything! The word I'm finding most effective is Stop! & she does, I think you do need a word that brings them up sharp if they are heading for danger. I remember my dad telling me about one such time with me (I don't remember it) when I was about 3, we went for a few days at the seaside from London where we lived & so excited was I to see the sea, I ran out of the guest house & pelted straight for the main road so I could get to the beach. He yelled STOP! & thankfully saved me from getting run over as I was just on the kerb! Thanks Dad x
Please don't get me wrong, I never say never & have had to say no a few times (I draw the line at letting the dog lick her hand then letting her lick it too!), but I feel the negativeness is draining, saying no all the time must have some effect on one's psyche. I know it would make my head ache if I had to keep saying it. I need her to know good from bad, right from wrong, nice people from mean people, but I also want her to have a blissful childhood with as many positive experiences as I can squeeze in before she grows up in the blink of an eye. I give her a lot of free rein at home, having scanned the place for non-baby stuff (e.g. my stuff!) on what seems an hourly basis & do a lot of clearing up after her but she enjoys herself so much & as long as she's safe I'm happy & if I'm happy everyone's happy :)) She is learning so much every day & I don't want to stifle her enthusiasm & joie de vivre!
As she gets older I know I will have to negotiate more with her as it can't be yes to everything, but for now its definitely not a no (ooo I do love a double negative!) - I hope I can keep it up!
How do you handle the no's?