One of the questions posed to me during the last two of Finn's developmental evaluations was "Does he understand 'no'?" The answer I've given has been that we really haven't had much occasion to tell him "no." He's never been naughty as of yet, and doesn't get into much mischief.
That's all changing suddenly.
He's developing quite a heightened sense of curiosity and adventure lately - as well as a stubborn streak. He's at that stage where some of his favorite pastimes include:
taking all the books from the lower bookshelves and ripping the covers off
opening drawers and emptying them
tipping things over, like step-stools and floor lamps
I am finding myself saying "no" to him quite a bit lately! Does he understand? It's hard to say. Sometimes he pauses in his mischief and gives me an impish grin and then keeps right on doing what he was doing. Sometimes redirecting him along with "no" works, but often, he'll navigate his way right back to the place I removed him from so he can continue on his merry way.