"Oh God," my son muttered to himself as he worked to put his shoes on the right feet. "Um, what did you say?" I asked him. "What?" he said. "We don't say that," I said, and hoped he wouldn't ask why, because I didn't have a good comeback ready, especially because I think it's quite possible that we do say that. "Oh God!" is often my go-to generic sympathetic response. Insurance company, broken toilet, dumb boss at work, you say? Oh God! That is, I mean, oh gosh. I'm trying to change.
I know I'm not the only one: Here are the tales of nine other parents who heard their little sweethearts picking up some of Mom and Dad's favorite phrases:
"When my daughter was 2 1/2, we were
riding in the car and she said something I couldn't quite hear. I asked her to
repeat it, and she said, 'I said turn up the goddamned music, Mama.'"
"When my son was 3, he started
saying, 'What the f--- are you doing?' It took us a while to figure
out where he picked that up ... turns out it's something Mom utters in traffic
- Steve G., dad of three
"My 10-month-old has a
silicone teething rosary that keeps her occupied during Mass. She's one of the
better-behaved children there and normally only has to be removed from an
hour-long Latin service for diaper changes. I totally look all holy and like I
know what I'm doing with her.
Until the Sunday she dropped it on the floor and
- Leeandra N., mom of one
"My kid started saying 'Damn it!' from age 2."
- Athaliah R., mom of two
Sometimes out of the blue my 3-year-old will say, "Nice signal, douchebag."
"Yesterday my 7-year-old told Nana
that he anticipates that 'Second grade's gonna be brutal.'"
- Fran P., mom of two
"My 3-year-old daughter says, 'Just put that anywhere,
pal!' when somebody accidentally drops something.”
- Andy W., dad of two
"My 3-year-old told me, 'You're giving me a headache.'"