No!

Molly’s new favorite word is ‘no.’ Sometimes it’s a curt ‘no’ and sometimes it’s a very dramatic and emotional ‘NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ What’s confusing (read: frustrating) is that sometimes it doesn’t mean ‘no’ at all. It might mean ‘not right now’ or ‘maybe’ or – despite all of the PSAs to the contrary – ‘yes’ (gasp!).

Anyway, just today I was revisiting a Slate article from earlier this year that a friend had recently posted to her Facebook page. It’s all about why we should be cool with toddlers’ freakouts and tantrums. After a four-day weekend home with a 20-month old (21 months today! Happy day Bear!), it was especially reassuring. My favorite part? This quote, from the all-knowing Harvey Karp:  “It is hard to spend all day with a 2-year-old, and they don’t really want to spend all day with you anyway.”

So true. This morning, as we were driving Mollybear to school, I turned around to face her in her carseat. I smiled and said, “Hi.” She smiled back at me, giggled and said, “No.”

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5 Responses to “No!”


  1. 1 satcla December 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    No!!!!!!!!

    (That means I love this post).

    Happy 21 months Bear!

  2. 2 Mary Lloyd December 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I think it makes her feel powerful? No? At least maybe?

  3. 3 Tammy December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Very funny!

  4. 4 kateandgracie December 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    It makes her ridiculous.

  5. 5 Kristin December 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I can’t with this. Too cute. And very Kate-ish!


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