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Tackling the word 'NO-NO'

Sunday, February 5, 2012

James David's vocabulary has expanded in recent weeks.

Not only can he say, "car," "ball," "Mama" and "Da," which has two meanings -- one for me and one for our two dogs, but he can now say, "No."

There are other things he is saying as well, but for some reason, when I heard him start saying, "no," I shuddered.

It sort of just gave me chills when he said it.

The reason? I suspect we'll hear the word quite often in the next oh, say 10-12 months.

I'm sure all parents have gone through this, but I've never had that discussion.

Most of my friends don't have children or have children on the way.

Before James David started using words, communication was rather simple. He'd point at something or you just knew what he wanted.

But now, the words are coming.

And they're coming at a pretty quick rate.

He's learning to say clock, door and more.

But that one word has me a little worried.

I can see it now.

"James David, go wash your hands before dinner."


"James David, can you pick that up?"


Do any parents out there have any advice on dealing with this word?

For some reason, when I heard him say it the first time -- which was a little more than a week ago -- I was reminded of Bill Cosby's 1983 filmed concert, "Himself," in which he discusses, among other things," raising children.

In the film, Cosby talks to his audience about the trials and tribulations of raising his family with his wife.

He's much more comedic than I can possibly be, so if you haven't seen it, you should check it out.

It really is funny.

While I may be sitting here thinking about how difficult it will be to deal with this dreaded word, I have to look at the brighter side.

It may not be all that bad.

It may just be a phase.

Perhaps it's just a new word to add to his growing vocabulary.


Maybe I'm worrying about nothing. After all, it is just a word.

And he's saying more and more of them every day.

Hopefully, just hopefully, he'll learn the word "yes" soon.

The sooner the better.