I’m sure all parents have stories about when they started trying to teach “right and wrong” to their children. A couple of examples would be things like – “it’s wrong to eat the dog’s food” or “it’s wrong to try and remove the ‘childproof’ cap from the electrical socket so you can stick your finger in it”.
Of course, you can’t use long winded sentences like that to a 11 month old – so you say the traditional “no no”. Perhaps you even waggle a finger at them as a signal for “don’t do it –or else”.
I know that we certainly do! And it seems to be working. The events that occurred at daycare today seem to be proof!
Mike and Harper were sitting at a table. The teacher in the room had apparently just finished changing a diaper and was on her way to put the wipes away when a group of parents showed up to pick up their children. The teacher sat the wipes (securely sealed in a rubber maid container) down on the table where Mike and Harper were sitting. Shortly afterwards, some of the parents starting laughing. The teacher turned around and saw that Harper had managed to get the lid off and pull all of the wipes out. She was wiping her face, the table, the floor. And there sat Mike – looking over at Harper and saying “No no. No no. No no.” all while wagging his finger at her!
That’s my boy!