There’s a somewhat modern parenting adage that states you should never actually say the word “No” to a child. Instead of no, you’re supposed to redirect their attention, or use other words to stop the child from doing whatever it is they’re doing. The theory is, if a kid keeps hearing the word NO, they will eventually tune it out and it will become meaningless. It also means that the child will look at the world as a place that can not be explored because you’re not allowed to do anything.
Ok- got the theory and thoughts behind it?
For the moment, let’s say that we all understand the concept of limiting the use of the word NO when it comes to parenting…
Can the concept itself be applied to other situations that don’t involve toddlers trying to put their fingers in a light socket?
If adults keep hearing the word “No” does it begin to lose it’s meaning?
Do we somehow want to do the things that we are told that we can’t do?
Do we resent people telling us what we can and can’t do?