I woke this morning to Brayden repeating the words “shut-up!” Over and over and over and over. He was happy about it, and I could hear both boys laughing hysterically, but it doesn’t change the fact that he shouldn’t have been saying it. I know exactly how he learned it: from Zackery. And I know exactly how Zackery learned it: from Mommy – me. Ah yes, not one of my finer moments of Mommyhood, but it happened, they heard and now they repeat. Over and over and over and over. Shut-up!

It was silly enough and they didn’t really know what they were saying, but I guess it’s a reminder that I need to (continue to) watch what I say in front of them. They are smart little boys and sometimes they out-smart me!

Lesson learned. I won’t live this one down for a while (especially when my husband asks, “where did they learn that?”)

Happy Sunday! (Wait, shut-up, it’s already Sunday?!) 🙂


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Posted on October 28, 2012, in General Parenting and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “Aw, shu-dup…really?”
    I kid you not, I heart a national news commentator say this to her co-anchor. So don’t be so sure that your slip added “shut up” to your boys’ vocabulary. And even if it was your slip, at least it wasn’t an earth-shaking slip.
    I wish I could remember the song our neighbor made to down-play “shut-up.” It was a funny little “cheer”-type correction: What don’t we say? Shut up! Shut up! ~ What do we say? Quiet, please!
    Or something like that. She was a funny, fast-thinking mother of 5 adorable kids, and her brother swore like crazy and sometimes slipped in front of the kids. She just went into a little cheer like that, really emphasizing the replacement word, and the kids adjusted.
    They do adjust, you know. Better than we do sometimes.

    • Thanks, Marylin.
      I will try that little cheery tune tomorrow, if Brayden continues to include it in his ever-growing vocabulary (which I’m pretty sure he will). To add insult to injury, he was screaming it in his crib tonight at bedtime too. ARGH! It made Zack laugh, so we took him out of their room and put him in our bed with Daddy. That just made Brayden mad so I think he finally got the point.
      Oh, I know they’ll grow out of it, but for the next week or so, I think I’m doomed… 🙂

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