Not that you want your kids to be “yes” men, but sometimes hearing anything other than “no” would be a treat.
Here is a breakdown of my morning the other day:
Me: “Ok, let’s get ready for school, let’s put on your pants.”
Me: “Do you want some Cheerios?”
Me: “Do you want to have breakfast?”
Toddler: “NO! I want to play.”
Me: “Do you want to see your friends.”
Then she thought about it for a little bit and asked if a particular friend would be there. When I assured her that yes, she would see that friend, she then said, “Yes!”
I have been told by teachers and other mother’s that this is a phase. She’ll assert her independence, but after a while the chasing-after-a-diapered-bottom-to-put-some-clothes-on or trying-to-attach-said-diaper-to-a-wiggly-toddler can certainly wear a mommy out. It’s probably why I have resorted to napping again when she does.
But this game of “no” has its chuckles.
Whenever we are in a string of “no’s” and dessert is in question, we ask if she wants ice cream and when she says “NO!” she soon realizes the error of her ways.