Join Date: May 2002
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I guess when you say "no" often enough, they start to understand it's a no-go-no-do situation. Plus, they can sense something from the tone of the voice.
However, over time, this cld make them feel as if they are always doing something no good, being negatively judged, etc, so really, it's best to refrain from using "no"- it's difficult sometimes though!
Instead, try using the reason why so, for eg, "That's hot!" "Ouch, you are hurting me, please be gentle!", etc. At least, they understand then the reason why they shd not do certain things and not just a blanket "no" for seemingly everything that they try to experiment with.
Just my 2 cents.