Thursday, April 30, 2009
So I've been thinking a lot about the words I say... Now, don't get me wrong, I do not use bad language (at least not in my estimation). But when my little girl started to talk I came to realize that there were some things that I didn't want to hear her say. I first noticed it when she said, "hate" one day. I know that hate isn't that big of a deal, but I didn't like hearing my sweet little 2 year old say, "I hate this." So, I've started editing my own language. Here are some things that I don't say anymore (or at least, I try not to):
oh my gosh
Now, we all say those things above (Excepting some angels out there who are so good with their language. :) I know I've heard my friends and family members say all those words). Here is what I try to say instead:
oh my goodness
We've taught my daughter well the things that she shouldn't say and we tell her to remind us to not say those things. The other day I was in the kitchen and my daughter kept saying, "mommy, say oh dear." I was confused and kept ignoring her (I think I was talking with my husband) until I finally got frustrated with her and said, "what are you talking about?" Then my husband said, "you just said, hate." What a good girl!!!
Well, about 2 weeks ago my daughter said "dang it." I was so startled! I didn't think I said this. I am still not sure if she picked it up from me, my husband, or from another family member. But as soon as I said, "what did you say?" she said, "Oh dear." HEHE - what a good girl! She could probably tell by my tone of voice that I didn't like her saying that.
So, I have a few questions:
What words do you try to avoid saying around your toddler?
What words do you try to use in place of these?
If you have older children, is your language more lax the older your children get?
How do you prevent your child from picking up these words from their friends or other family?
Then, I have one more question. If I find that I should cut these words out of my vocabulary for my toddler, it makes me think that perhaps I shouldn't say them at all and I would do better to simply eliminate them all together. What are your thoughts? I would LOVE your advice
PS There is a poll on the sidebar that we would LOVE if you would take a minute to answer. Also, the germ post below is generating great discussion - so keep it up!!