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I said NO!

January 28, 2010

Jack is slowly realizing the freedom that can be his if he decides to crawl. Last week, he went for the blu-ray/dvr/etc, so I said no and slapped his hand lightly. He scurried away. Today, he chose the blu-ray as his first victim, but I told him no and he pulled away immediately.

Wait, you’re 10 months old. Can you really remember that no means to stop what you’re doing? So, he reached for the books, and I said no, and he backed away.

Reid has taught Jack to sit in the bathtub. Wow, that sounds like we’re training a dog. First, the teething biscuits, now the one-word commands. Regardless, Jack tries to stand in the bathtub recently, but Reid has gotten to where he can tell him to sit back down and he does. It’s like magic.

I know he knows some things are wrong because when I first caught him with the baby monitor, he threw it away as not to be found out.

This is new territory for us. Is he too little for “no” and a slap on the hand? Or just “no”? Or do we need to bring out a paddle? Ok, maybe not the paddle. We’ll save that for when he’s three.

Part of me would much rather spray him with a water bottle like we did with our cat, than having to slap his hand and make him angry. I guess kids aren’t cats, huh?

This video is rather boring, but mainly I’m putting it up for the grandparents just to show that Jack’s crawling:

6 Comments leave one →
  1. amymezzell permalink
    January 28, 2010 2:37 pm

    Is he leaning his head down to touch Chewy’s tail with it? This video is cute. They’re going to be friends! Soon, Chewy will probably run out of the room when Jack is coming.

  2. January 28, 2010 4:59 pm

    Great job raising your kid. This method of “training” is certainly appropriate!
    We have done this with out children and it helps to teach them quick obedience.
    It’s a great thing when you can speak calmly to your child and they will listen and obey the first time instead of you saying “no. no-no. No! No! NO!” And then they listen and you look like you’ve blown a gasket. You stop them from developing the bad habit of only needing to respond when you start yelling.

    We started raising our children this way when they were around 6 months. Each child is different in their development and understanding of course. But keep on keepin’ on!

    Feel free to visit my blog of parenting experiences:

  3. Rita permalink
    January 28, 2010 7:32 pm

    I love me a little crawling Jack!!!!

  4. mom permalink
    January 28, 2010 11:51 pm

    Soooo cute!!! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched.
    And,,,what a sweet kitty Chewy is being!

  5. Kari Bankston permalink
    January 29, 2010 10:58 am

    I am totally in agreeance with the light slap on the hand and saying “no!” We are somewhat already doing this with Hannah, and she is 4 months old. We mainly see ourselves doing this when we are at the dinner table, and she is reaching for our forks and knives. She is getting a hold of things more. I think you have the right idea because the more mobile they get, the more stuff they get in to.

  6. January 29, 2010 5:28 pm

    Totally agree. Breeson’s only 8 months and we already say “no”. It’s funny how he’s such a little person – yet he understands. Today, jamie said he’s really been trying his patience!!
    What’s funny is when he starts headed to the DVD player and when he almost reaches out for it, we say “no”, but then he diverts his attention elsewhere w/ out skipping a bit, as if he wasn’t going to touch it in the first place. Yeah right!?! 🙂

    Also, Breeson does the same thing in the tub. I’m bad though and let him stand up. But not usually for long. I need to be more consistent with it. i know, i know…bad mommy.

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