I've been a mom for almost eight years now, but I never "got it" until baby number three, my Beastie.
Beastie does not understand the concept of negative. I think it's selective deafness. It doesn't matter what it is - if I tell her not to do something, she will do it.
Me: Don't draw on Mommy!
Her: What? You want me to draw on you, Mommy? Well let me go get the biggest, brightest, purplest marker I can find!!
or another scenario...
Me: Please don't take your diaper off.
Her: Oh, look! Mommy's friends are visiting! Howsabouts I take my diaper off and parade my naked self through the living room!
Me: Yo Gabba Gabba's not on today, honey.
Her: YESSSSSS! Yo Gabba Gabba's coming on! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba! Gabba!
I have to talk to her very slowly and specifically, and I can never use negatives. Instead of "Yo Gabba Gabba isn't on," I say "Yo Gabba Gabba is OFF." Or in the case of the marker: "Draw on PAPER, please."
I think the child experts have been saying stuff like this for years, that you should avoid using negatives. I personally think child experts are total bullshit, so I don't read them, but I'm sure they've known about this forever. Think about how many meltdowns you can avoid by just removing the negative from your vocabulary! I bet "not" is a word that children can't understand until they're older, say twenty-five or so. This totally explains why they always do the opposite of what you tell them.
When your 4 year old asks for a cookie, instead of saying "no," say "How about a piece of cheese?" or "Great news! Dinner's in ten minutes!"
Or maybe you have a beastly Beast like me. When she is throwing a tantrum because you, god forbid, won't let her 20 month old self drink soda pop, say "LOOK WHAT I FOUND! MAGICAL JUICE!" and give her a nice cup of watered down JuicyJuice. If she insists, put a straw in it.
I'm annoyed at myself for not figuring this out sooner. I could have saved myself years of hassle.
My Mom Body (aaay_macaroni)
4 days ago