Too much excitement just might kill me!
Tell me Internets – how much power does one word have?
I’ve seen ‘naughty’ referred to as ‘the N word’ (really people??), and I’ve read the claims that calling your child naughty will damage their self esteem.
I have yet to use the word with Monkey – it just doesn’t really occur to me. I don’t actually think the undesirable things he does are naughty – I just think they’re dangerous or a pain in my ass (usually involving cleaning).
Maybe I am being naive. Plus anyone who knows me knows I am ludicrously patient.
I tell Monkey ‘no’ plenty – in fact way more than I would like. Sometimes I feel like that’s all I ever say to him, no matter how hard I try to find things to say yes to!
Hubs however has always had a shorter temper than me, and on occasion does tell Monkey ‘naughty’.
Just as one word. Naughty. Not ‘that is naughty’ or ‘you are naughty’, just straight out stand alone ‘naughty’.
It makes me squirm. I can’t decide if it’s the word itself or the delivery, which is identical to the way we use it with the dogs.
What’s your take on naughty? Do you use it, or is it forbidden in your house? Will you use it in reference to behaviour but not the child themself? And if so, how do you make sure the distinction is clear?