Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

The no game

It seems I am not alone in playing this game, I was chatting this morning with @motherscuffer, @f8andbethere and @The_iDad and the consensus was that even at the age of 1 children know how to test you.

Now I fully expected this from teenagers, I’d prepared myself for that, but a 1 year old? No one mentions that at NCT classes do they?! Most of the day Matilda is an absolute delight to be around, she is chatty, funny, loves interacting and exploring and laughs all day long. But every so often she flips into this stroppy little girl who has a tantrum when you do something she doesn’t like. She also likes to test you to see how naughty she can be, these moments go a little something like this:

Matilda: ooh look a washing machine and the coast is clear, I know where I’m going, quick look back, no dad is tweeting again he won’t notice *evil cackle* (this is her thoughts by the way, she’s not THAT clever)

Me:(spotting where she is heading) Matilda, no

Matilda: yeah whatever dad *evil cackle*

Me: (Slightly sterner) Matilda, no

Matilda: Catch me if you can loser *evil cackle*

Me: (getting up) Matilda, I said no

Matilda: one last push and I’m there *evil cackle*

Me: (picking Matilda up) No Matilda, leave the washing machine alone

Matilda: That ain’t going to stop me daddio, I’m like the terminator, I’ll be back *evil cackle*

Now repeat that for 15 minutes and you’ll get an idea of my day yesterday. Anyone else get this from such a young age? Do we just stay consistent and hope it improves or is this the start of her career as a master criminal?

P.S. She really does have a little evil cackle when she know’s she’s being naughty


  1. Oh yes, get this frequently. If a few nos don’t work then I’ve found a slightly sterner, louder NO will give her a wee fright an make her take notice.

  2. Oh yes, the tests might change but they keep on coming!

  3. Mmm, I have a lot of no days sometimes. The joys of an exploring, testing toddler!

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