A long time ago, before I was a mom, I remember watching a talk show on parenting. It was probably Oprah ;) Anyway, the idea was to be a positive parent and to avoid using negative words like, "No," or "Don't," or "Can't." Instead, you could use positive words like, "Do this instead," or "This is safer."
I vowed to be the parent that never used negative words.
Then, I had a kid.
So while I try to use those principles of using positive phrases as much as possible...
Sometimes it is easier to tell them not to do it, instead of giving them better options.
And sometimes it's just best to let things run their course.
I'm pretty sure getting rid of a quarter in a bowel movement will be a great life lesson.
Wish us luck!