This is a don’t do what I did post.
So I have a bad habit of cajoling my two year old to eat by saying things like, “Oh, you won’t like that. Don’t you dare eat it.”
And (with a big smile) he eats it.
And this worked well for several months.
But now we have the following problem which if I had spent one second thinking about this strategy would have been evident:
Me: Don’t jump off that deck, its too high!
2yrold: (Big smile… jumps).
Me: Put that fork down! Don’t stab your brother!
2yrold: (Big smile… stabs).
See a pattern?