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Toddler Tales (19): Hands Off

I've heard that two year olds love the word 'No' and was kind of relieved that Little Dude doesn't even say this one, but now he's demonstrating his preference for saying 'Don't'. He does it complete with raising his  index finger - I don't even remember doing that so I don't know where he learned it from! Remember when I wrote about avoiding negative words with children? Well, this is proving to be very difficult with an curious toddler. I mean, how else do you phrase 'Don't lick the wall!' or 'Don't jump off the sofa!', really? It's interesting how he uses the word, though. When he doesn't want me to clean/brush his teeth, for instance, he'll say 'Don't wash' or 'Don't brush'. But his most funny use of it is when he says. 'Don't touch!'. He does, let's just say, value his personal space, so he doesn't like being patted by strangers. He even says it to other kids sometimes - I hope he gets over it soon!

This post has been linked to Wot so Funee and Mondays Parenting Pin-It Party.

(Toddler Tales are snippets of what I'm learning every day from my little one.)
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31 comments

Richa said...

Dont touch me!!! .....haan? He's really a dude! ;-)

Notmyyearoff said...

Hehe ooh that's a difficult one. Don't lick the wall made me laugh.

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, he's got an attitude!

Tarana Khan said...

Hehe, toddlers make great live entertainment!

Sara Murray said...

Don't touch - brilliant! At least he's clear about his feelings..?! Don't lick the walls? That one made me smile :)

Leah Elizabeth Locklear said...

OMG this is too funny!! I too have a toddler and I have to say this is def the most entertaining phase I think!! I found your blog on a dish of daily life! ~Leah~

Michelle Nahom said...

That's cute! The things they say are so funny sometimes! Don't lick the wall had me giggling...

Tarana Khan said...

I wish I had taken a pic of the wall licking, it was hilarious!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Leah, for stopping by. Glad you could relate to this!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, he's a real entertainer!

Loubelle said...

So cute. My little monkey has got into the habit of saying "Don't do that you cheeky rascal!". They are so funny at this age :-)

Tarana Khan said...

How cute is that! Yes, it's lovely hearing them talk!

Actually Mummy... said...

Good for him though - that's not a bad don't really :)

Tarana Khan said...

You're right, maybe I shouldn't feel so bad!

Hurrah For Gin said...

So cute - lovely watching them develop their little personality quirks isn't it :) #pocolo

Jaime Oliver said...

lol i am so glad i am not the only one with a toddler that finger points in order to get heard lol ... its fantastic if not embarrassing lol

Amanda Smith said...

Too funny! I agree that avoiding too many negative words is good, but he need to have some way of telling others when something is not Ok with him. So this is really good that he is learning to stand up for himself. Now you just have to teach him when doing so is appropriate. LOL. Good Luck!

Busy Mommy DXB said...

I think "don't touch" is a very powerful phrase he should definitely use. Whether it comes to personal space or helping his peers avoid a dangerous situation (scissors, electrical socket, etc)...or the rogue child that tries to swipe one of his snacks. He'll definitely find this phrase handy. :D

Erica Price said...

'Don't' know how you avoid 'don't' sometimes especially with safety things. Think it's worth trying to word it differently though.

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, such a delight! Thanks for commenting back.

Tarana Khan said...

I agree, cute and disconcerting at the same time!

Tarana Khan said...

That's good word of advice, thanks Amanda!

Tarana Khan said...

I hope so, since he's not as 'big' as his counterparts!

Tarana Khan said...

I'm learning that I can't avoid using it, but I try to use positive phrases as much as I can. Thanks for stopping by!

Izzie Anderton said...

Little Dude is going to be completely and utterly adorable when he grows up, just try not to laugh when he does all this cute stuff!

LearnerMother said...

Sounds like he knows his own mind, for sure! It's really hard to always word things positively, isn't it - I try hard to do it with all my kids but fail miserably - this is a good reminder to me to try harder!!

Tarana Khan said...

That's such a sweet thing to say, thank you Izzie!

Tarana Khan said...

For me as well! Thanks for stopping by.

Victoria Welton said...

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery! Bless him. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

Mum of One said...

So funny! And what is it with toddlers and licking walls? Mine was the same. Thanks so much for linking up to the Monday Parenting Pin It Party. Have pinned and shared :)

Tarana Khan said...

Glad to know mine isn't the only one acting funny! Been meaning to link up for a while, and happy I did it. Thanks for sharing my post :)

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