Monday, July 20, 2009

Darn it!

My middle child has a potty mouth.
Which isn't entirely his fault, because, like the sailors of lore, I like's me a good swear word.
But i admit to being a bit taken aback when Logan didn't get his way and yelled, "Damn it!"
At least he used it correctly.
So after a long time out to allow me to compose myself--he was in time out, I was in the bathroom trying not to bust out laughing--we had a long talk about grown up words and little people words.
I explained that just because mama says it doesn't mean he should, and if the word sounds bad, to ask me before using it to make sure.
Then we settled on a compromise.
While "damn it" was definitely out for another couple of years, he could say "darn it!' to express his frustration when the need arose.
Fast forward to yesterday.
He'd done something. I don't even remember what the infraction was. But the resulting time out had me listening to "Darn it! Darn it! Darn it!" for several minutes.
The Man, horrified, whispered to me that he didn't think that was an okay term for a 3 1/2 year old to use.
At which point, Boo, being a helpful little imp, changed it to "Dang it!" just for his daddy.
And while I laughed, the Man muttered "damn it!' and walked away.

1 comment:

Tara said...

LMAO! Its tough because "Oh Sugar" just doesn't cut it sometimes. Little Man has already picked up the "ARGH" when frustrated. I'm looking forward to see which bomb he drops first.