No means no.
Written on June 12, 2006 by Kevin.
Now that Rylan has become mobile, we have certainly seen him change. He now wants to explore everything that he can get his hands onto. Most of the things that he grabs for are harmless but there are sometimes things he grabs that we would prefer that he didn't. We are certainly not a big fan of him eating on paper which he seems to find in mysterious places.
A few weeks ago, my wife had an issue while feeding Rylan in which he decided to clamp down. My wife gave him a firm "no" in which case he immediately stopped and began showing a pouty face. When he went back and did it again, she said "no" once more. We have begun using the word no more around Rylan when we want him to know that what he is doing is wrong.
We understand that at nearly 8 months old, he may not understand what the word means but he certainly responds to it. "No" is just another word to him right now but the tone in your voice is what he responds to. As most parents can agree with, it is the most difficult thing to tell your child no but the pouty face that they give you is so extremely funny. It really makes you want to say it more just so that you get to see that face once more.
We are really curious to see how Rylan acts years from now and whether or not it is possible to deter a child from being "bad" before they get too old. I imagine this is something that all parents try to do. I guess we will just follow along until one of us parents figures out the golden rule.