Haven't been on in a while. Been so busy with baby!
Annie is 10mo (tomorrow) and mobile as heck! She walks a little (12 steps is her max on unassisted, still crawls because it's faster) and is getting into EVERYTHING.
We have done some baby-proofing here and there, but so far my experiance is telling me that your house is never totally baby-proof.
We started to try out "No." to keep her from things she shouldn't mess with.
At first nothing. Then, in a week or 2 she started to stop, and examine our faces when we said, "No." If we smiled, she would continue, if we frowned she would stop right away, or try one more time tenatively. Say no again, and she'd stop, and move onto something else.
I thought all was going great- what a smart child I have! Then the past week things went another route.
Now she only listens if her father says no sternly, I have to raise my voice (which I don't want to do). And most of the time, "no" is met with tears. The same kind she cries when she thinks one of us is leaving her behind.
I recently read that till somewhere after the age of 2, most kids cannot tell the difference between themselves and their actions- so they might think you are unhappy with THEM, not what they did.
I don't want her to think we are unhappy with her- but I don't want to send mixed signals either. [Telling her no, she cries, then I give her a hug- seems a bit crazy]
Should I be hugging her when she cries? We're consistent with the "No"s, she isn't allowed to pull things off tables, or go behind certain furniture. These are the usual culprits. Other than a few things that are off limits, she gets to do whatever she wants... She is certainly too young for time-outs, or explanations.
What would/did you do?
Blarg, blarg-blargity- BLARG!!!