Monday, June 4, 2007
They have more in common than their looks...
Some of you may remember about a year and a half ago when Toby was starting to talk, he began dropping the F-bomb. After days and days and some rather embarrassing moments with my 18 month old, we realized that he had learned the word "frog" while staying at Grammy's house while I was away. But for all those unaware of the translation, it surely was the f word, loud and clear. As funny as it may have been then when he was barely speaking, it is not so funny now as a very verbal 3 year old. Yes, folks, he's back at it again. He does not know that it is actually a word, let alone a BAD word. He thinks he made it up. He likes to make up silly words and has for a long time. For a while it was doonka. He would call us it all the time. "Okay dunka!" or "Dunka hanna dunka." Don't ask me why. Anyway, a couple weeks ago he decided he liked words that start with "F." Out of nowhere one day he says it while playing. I twitched, but then remembering how unsuccessful we've been with trying to get him not to say "poop" or "pee" all the time, I dared not tell him that that word was naughty, in fear of him saying it for more attention. I thought it may have been a one time deal, but oh no, he liked the sound of the F-word and now uses it with all kinds of endings and in all sorts of settings. Here are a few:
1) We point out a rolly-polly (or potato bug as you might call it) and he says to me, "I call that a big f***er."
2) He's chasing after his friend while I'm at the fabric store, "Hey f**er, come back! Come back f**y"
and my personal favorite...
3) After church we were walking out the doors and the Elders were walking in, they open the door and Toby greets them with "Hi F**er." I had to gasp out loud at that and then tried to explain to those poor missionaries that he doesn't know that's a word. Awesome.
So as of now we don't know what to do. I'm so afraid that he will say it even more if we tell him it's naughty. How do you explain to a 3 year old just how terrible a word can be. They don't get it. If anyone has been through this or has any suggestions, please help!