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We often blurt this out without really knowing what the kids are doing. We assume that they're going to do something unsafe, but they're probably as cautious as we are. Sometimes, you just have to wait and watch, and let them explore the world around them. If they are indeed doing something dangerous, scream it at the top of your lungs by all means! But in other cases, try to say something positive (Just be careful/That's a big step/Mind your head) or divert them to something else. You can also try asking them what they're doing when you catch them doing something absurd, such as licking the wall. That might surprise them into having to explain it to themselves!
This is like saying no, but is more like a command. Chances are, you'll be ignored if you try to tell kids what not to do. It's very simple to, instead, tell them what you would like them to do. But make sure you don't ask them to do it, because given a choice, they'll choose not to.
You can't do that!
This really brings the child's abilities into question, and may make them want to pursue their activity no matter what. Instead, offer to help them or use the good old distraction method (you have to be creative with that!).
This is a phrase that can do more harm than good. A young child will react negatively to something like this, so avoid it altogether. Remember, it is the action that you have to call bad and not the child. Point out what the child did was wrong (such as hitting), and tell them what they should do instead - such as let an adult know if they were hit by another child.
Look up 'positive parenting' and you will find lots of resources on communicating positively with children (there are some on my blog roll on the right). Doing this doesn't mean that you secede your power as a parent, but that you work with the child for a positive outcome. Importantly, don't feel guilty about having to impose limitations and saying 'No'. You know what is best for your child, and there's nothing that a good hug and kiss cannot solve!