Since it’s been 16 years since I had a three year old, I had kind of forgotten what sponges they are…soaking up everything they see and hear around them…the good and unfortunately the not so good things…and I had forgotten how much they will repeat these thing they hear. I want to make it clear, I am not talking about swearing since I cleaned up my potty mouth quite a few years ago…although I do still swear in my head at times and to be honest, on rare occasions I will slip up and speak my thoughts out loud.
I have been noticing more and more lately, my little man, who is quite a talker(meaning he rarely stops talking unless he is sleeping), repeating a lot of things I say and actually using these phrases or words in the correct context and tone. He already has a big vocabulary for a three year old and many people assume that he is older because of how well he talks.
There are certain things that I say and I am realizing that I must say these things a lot to have little man using them so often. Such as “life is not fair”…”Zip it”…”Put a cork in it”…”get a grip”…”good grief”…”with all of my heart”…”if we don’t share, we sit in a chair”…”too bad, too sad”
…”what is the big deal”…”I feel your pain”…”no pain, no gain”…”ridiculous”…”sweet”…”I’m going crazy”…”I think I just stepped into the zoo”…“get the lead out”…
The other day, our internet, phone and cable went out from a storm. In response to my frustration over this, little man said to me “hmmm life is not fair is it mommy.”
Earlier this week, little man walked in on me in my room, as I was trying to stop crying because of everything that is going on. Little man said to me “Mommy, are you trying to get a grip?”
Yesterday I was talking and little man had used the right words to interrupt me by saying “excuse me please” and I had said “One minute” to which he said “Excuse me mommy, could you put a cork in it because I have to go poop right now!”
My husband and I were play fighting over sharing the last of some left over food recently. Little man came to me and asked “Is daddy going to have to sit in the chair because he didn’t share?” I said “no” to which he replied “good grief that is ridiculous!”
We went to Wal-Mart the other day and it was crazy busy in there. The first words out of little mans mouth were “Mommy I think we just entered the zoo!” A little while later, out of the clear blue, he asks me “Mommy, if I don’t act ridiculous do I get a free cookie when were done shopping?” When we were done shopping we went to get our free cookies. Little man told the lady handing out the cookies “ I didn’t act ridiculous one time so I get a cookie.”
This morning we went out for a walk around town, with the intent of ending up at the park. I am usually a fast walker but thought I would slow down and just enjoy our beautiful day at a slower pace. Little mans response to the slower pace “I suppose we should get the lead out so we can get to the park!”
My favorite was yesterday when little man said “Mommy, did you know I love you with all my heart?” To which I said I loved him with all my heart too and then he said “but actually, did you know, I like you with all my head too!” That melted my heart!
My question to you is, do you have things that you say all the time? I just listed some but the more I write the more that come to my mind. Do your kids repeat you? If your kids have now grown, did they repeat you when they were young? Please share with me your favorite “sayings” or words you use everyday.