No. Nope .Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nein. Nyat. Iie. Nahin. Non. Vaddu.
I know you shouldn't be using this word often. But I usually use it with my toddler. Especially when we are out and about. I don't know how not to!
At home , I try to avoid the word consciously. I try and explain things to her and try and manipulate my words around the situation. But outside, like for example,today we were in the mall, its impossible to not to say No.
I cant explain her the consequences while I try to stop her running onto the roads. First what comes out from the mouth is a big yell and a strong 'No!' . Then when she is back on to the footpath , the reasoning for the NO starts.
I cant explain her the results before she runs for the escalator without starting with a big yell and a strong 'No!'
At home my favorite word to replace 'No' is 'Not Now'. I postpone the situation and get a lesser defiant toddler. Maybe I am making a procrastinator :D But it works and how! There is no power struggle in 'Not Now'. There is no Mommy being a Hitler moment :D
While at the mall today, I also saw a man smoking under a 'This mall is a smoke free area. No smoking here' When I pointed the board to him with a smile, he laughed and shrugged it off. Maybe the usage of words were wrong there too.
By the way,New Zealand valiantly is trying to be smoke-free by 2025. God Bless the initiative.