Words Your Child Needs from You, Part III: “No”

My child entered the world like a little angel: sweet, adorable, and innocent. What a shock it was when I had to start telling him, “No!” “No, don’t bite the breast that feeds you.” “No, you shouldn’t put that thing in your mouth.” “No, don’t lick the electrical outlet.” Frankly, saying “no” gets tiring, doesn’t […]

Do This vs Don’t Do That

Can you relate to this parenting fail? My two-year-old son teetered on the peak of the dog house. “Don’t fall!” I yelled. Guess what? He fell. I expected an accident and I talked about an accident. And sure enough, an accident is what I got.  I should have pictured a safe behavior and told my […]