When I go to the store these days, I have been letting my 22 month old son walk with me instead of having him
sit in try to climb out of the cart and scream his head off. I also do this because it teaches him to walk around the store, stay with me, and not touch everything. I have done this with all three of my kids and they are all very good when we go to the store. It's not easy and is a huge test in patience. Toddlers are naturally curious little creatures and my little guy is no different. Who wouldn't want to touch, shake, smell, and rub all of the colorful items placed on the shelves? Since he is a curious toddler who tries to do all of these things, my conversation with him while we walk through the store consists of a lot of "No, No", "No Touch", "Walk with Mommy", "Be Careful", "No, not that". Today as we were checking out, it was no different. Of course he wanted to touch all the candy...so did I, so I patiently kept telling him "No" and redirecting his little hands to other activities. There was lady in front of me who had an extremely active 3 year old who was running in all directions and pulling things off of shelves. We had a very lovely conversation:
Me: No, No Jack. No touching.
Lady: Oh, how sad. Your baby lives in a world full of No's.
Me (with a look of 'Oh NO you di'int") : Yeah, it's sad, but I guess it's better than letting him run around the store and pull things off the shelves.
See, wasn't she nice (insert sarcasm)? She was giving me helpful advice on how to raise my child so he could grow up to become a vagrant. From now on I will not tell my children "No". Then they won't be so sad all the time (more sarcasm).