Despite my best efforts to create a safe-to-explore, child-friendly environment, I DO say no to Benjamin a lot. No this, no that, no all day long. Such is the life with a toddler I suppose. I mean seriously – do any of you have a boy toddler? They’re ALLOVERTHEPLACEALLTHETIME! This kid never. stops. moving.
Since he hears “No” much more often than I’d like, I try to let the non-important, non-safety-related stuff go. Except what’s not important to me is important to other people. Did you know some people frown upon children climbing on living room furniture? Hmm. News to me too. What a buzzkill.
So to resolve this discrepancy, I say yes when no one is looking.
Yeah, sure, climb on that new furniture!
You want to climb in Cooper’s crate? Enjoy yourself. I’ll leave the door open.
That table looks like a great climbing tunnel!
I suppose it’s okay if you play with that radio or the cable box.
Oh, you want to eat cereal off the floor? Why not. I know if I tell you no, you’ll do it behind my back anyway, so go to town.
Cookies for breakfast? Well, I can’t be a hypocrite, can I?
Of course, I try to not confuse the poor kid by actually saying, “no” when others are around, and “yes” when no one is around, but rather, I redirect him when there’s an audience (which for now, is almost all the time), and let him go bananas crazy as soon as the audience leaves the room.
Is there anything you let your kids do when no one is looking? Surely I’m not alone!
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