“I. E. P., No!”

I was so proud of my two-year old daughter the day she said, “N.O., No!” I didn’t even care that she was openly defying me. I thought, She’s learning to spell. Hooray!

Apparently, she wasn’t learning to spell.

Apparently, I didn’t not mask my excitement well enough.

Since that day, she has decided that it’s cute to yell out random letters every time she openly defies me by saying no: “I.E.P., no!” and “M.P., no!” and…

Well, that’s it. For some reason, she’s decided that “no” is spelled “mp,” no matter what I say. I give up. She’s broken me. I will now be calling all dictionary publishers, so they may update their listing on how to correctly spell the word most used by defiant toddlers.

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

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