My son Andrew is three years old and does not talk. The other day I went up to the playroom to put on a movie for him. I picked up one movie and he shook his head and made a sound that was a little like, 'no'.
I proceeded to choose a different movie and he grabbed it from me, got off his chair, and put it down on the TV stand. I was a little confused, but thought I had it figured out so I turned on the movie that he placed on the TV stand. He then got down from his chair and left the room.
About fifteen minutes later he was asking for a movie again. We repeated the process: He shook his head excitedly and 'said' something like no for the original movie I showed him. I then showed him two or three other movies. For each of these he took them from me and set them on the TV stand.
Because he answered differently for the first movie, I went ahead and put that one in. When it came on he sat down with his blanket, happy as a clam. (not sure how happy clams are, but we'll just go with it).
So now it all makes sense. Why does Andrew continue to do things, like reaching for a pot of boiling water on the stove, or running out into traffic, or taking his clothing off no matter where we are? Because he thinks mommy and daddy yelling 'NO!' and shaking our heads means, "That's exactly what I want you to do."
From the Mind of Buffington
This is a section that just has random silly thoughts that come to me from time to time. It is not meant to be taken seriously.