Watch What You Say Around Your Children, Chances Are They Will Be Repeating It
by Judy Uragano
You need to watch what you say.
My toddler has become a parrot. He repeats everything and he does it in the correct context.
He wanted a snack, but I told him that he needed to finish his meal first. His response:
“Ugh, mom, you’re driving me nuts.”
Now I got to admit that I cracked up at this and then had my eyes opened to the fact that I need to be more careful with my words. When he was having his daily meltdowns, I would look at him and say, “Buddy, I love you dearly, but you are driving me nuts.” Somehow, he managed to forget the “I love you dearly” part and just hold onto the “you’re driving me nuts” part.
I told him that he needed to pick up his toys before we could get more toys out and his response was:
Again, I laughed because this one shocked me. I’m not sure who he heard this one from. I am now telling family members to watch what they say around him as well.
He is playing a game on his tablet and all I can hear from the kitchen is:
“Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.”
Mind you, he is saying it with sass in his tone. I’m going to assume he learned this one from another child lol. I don’t think I say this but if I do, I don’t say it with sass.
My point to this lighthearted post is, children are sponges. We need to be so careful what we say and what we do around them. They are watching and listening to everything. Personally, I want to try my hardest to have him see and hear more positive things in our house, to then go around and start repeating.
Remember to fill your kids' minds with the good things. During that fit, when you want to tell him that he is being ridiculous or acting like a fool, take that extra moment if you can and tell him something you wouldn’t mind him repeating. Don’t tell him he is bad, tell him his behavior isn’t nice. Yes, we will all lose our tempers and say something that we shouldn’t. When our child tells us that exact thing, or better yet, tells their grandparents that exact thing, we will think twice about the words we use with them and around them.
About Judy Uragano
Judy is a work-at-home wife to a handsome Italian man and she is the mom of two beautiful boys. She is just trying to figure out how to manage it all. How to find time to raise a baby and a toddler, and find time for her husband—all while working and trying to keep house and organize activities. And try to find time for herself too!
You can read Judy’s “Mom’s Life” column on the 3rd Thursday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.