My grandson is nearly one year old now. He is so cute walking around all of the furniture. He likes to reach into a basket which holds some of Mommy and Daddy's things. I have started saying the word "NO." My voice is as expressive as the word. He doesn't like it. I figure he needs to hear it sooner or later. I also put actions to the word by moving him somewhere else. It's so funny because he has three big bins of toys that he can explore, but he wants to get the stuff he isn't supposed to have. They do learn early, don't they? He is truly an adorable, sweet, and cooperative little boy. There is just something about forbidden fruit.
I have heard that you should say "yes" oh, 10 times for every "no." While I believe in being positive and say, "what a good boy," all the time, saying "yes" is just not practical. When he reaches for a toy, do you say "yes?" Or do you when he walks with his hand held? So the other day, I tried it just for fun. Whenever my Ty did anything good, I said "Yes" and I even clapped. He smiled, but it just isn't something most people do. I know what the purpose of the saying is, but really now.
I wonder if God watches us and says 'no' when we want something that we shouldn't have and just waits to say 'yes' to us for something He is more than willing to give. I think He does smile. And maybe, in his heart, He is saying "Yes" and even clapping because we got it right.