In our house with a boisterous toddler, who is still learning ‘boundaries’ I find myself saying ‘no’ hundreds of times a day. ‘No’ can be such a harsh blunt word but is sometimes the best and quickest word to use.
Our son understands what ‘no’ means but it doesn’t mean he always listens. So for 1 week ‘no’ is banned from our house. We will still use our same discipline routine but without ‘no’ at the front of it all.
So it’ll now be ‘please don’t throw that’ ‘don’t throw that otherwise you will have a time out’ then a timeout. It just seems like a calmer way of communicating with our toddler. When I start throwing ‘no’ around constantly and getting frustrated myself he picks up on this and either gets anxious from my bluntness or gets upset and then there is no communicating with him.
I will give an update in a week and hopefully we can both as parents stick to this rule! It’s only 7 days right…