A few months ago, O and I were making our way into the house when I dropped our mail. Irritated, I huffed and sighed as I gathered to pick up the mail that had scattered across the front porch. O told me to stop “freaking out.” Hmm.
Now, I could have stated that I wasn’t really “freaking out,” but that wasn’t really the point. I was more interested in where he had picked up the phrase “freaking out.”
I didn’t think “freaking out” was a phrase I had used in his presence, but I’ve often been surprised–both pleasantly and unpleasantly—to learn my almost-three-year-old does pick up many of his colloquialisms from me.
“Mommy’s not freaking out, O. It’s OK,” I told him. “Who told you about ‘freaking out?’”
“’Freaking out’ is not a nice word, Mommy. You shouldn’t say that,” O said. “Miss Cake (his teacher at daycare) told A it’s not a nice word.”
“You’re right,” I said. “It’s not very nice. Let’s try not to say that.”
“I think that’s a good plan, Mommy,” O agreed, and hasn’t really said it since.
This wasn’t the first not-so-nice saying from O has picked up from A—and it hasn’t been the last. There have been some other questionable things A has taught my child, but nothing worth too much of a concern—yet.
I always thought I’d have to worry about other children influencing mine when we hit the preteen years, not the preschool years.
Have your toddlers/preschoolers picked up any habits you’re not so fond of from other children at daycare/preschool/babysitters? What do you do?