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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Children, Natural Parenting, Philosophy, Stay At Home Mom, Terrible Twos, Terrible Twosdays | 4 comments

Terrible Twosdays:  Watch What You Say!

Terrible Twosdays: Watch What You Say!

I’ve listened to other parents make the mistake.  I’ve watched them fumble with their words as they drop something on the floor by mistake. “OH SHIT!”

Here’s the problem:  your pint-sized sponge is watching.  And listening.  And soaking it all in.

Beware, new parents of toddlers.  They will hear you, and they will learn how to speak that word more clearly than any other in their limited vocabulary.  It probably will be uttered at the most inopportune time, probably in front of your most-feared crowd.  And it will probably be used in the proper context.

I don’t have the best mouth.  “Potty Mouth”, as my husband likes to call it, has been part of my vocabulary as long as I can remember.  I’m learning to replace my foul adjectives with those that are more appropriate and child-friendly.  It’s getting better.

We’ve replaced the inevitable “Oh Shit!” with “Oh Shoot!” and now, even “Oh Shux!”.  Our daughter chose the “s” word as her first (and hopefully only for a while) swear word.  She dropped a crayon on the floor & just said it.  Clear as day.  Absolutely correct circumstance.  I just muttered “Oh, we don’t say that word”.  She then followed up with “Ok.  I just say ‘Oh Shoot!’.”  My response: “Hmm, no, that’s not very nice either.”  “Oh.  Ok then.  I just say ‘Shhhh’!”  Can’t argue with that!

She is now the “Potty Mouth Police” for anyone who speaks profanely in her presence.  No one can “Oh My God!” or “Damnit!” in front of her, no way!  She will turn to them and ask, rather politely, “We don’t say that word.  We say ‘Oh my!’ or ‘Oopsy Daisy’!”  Hilarious.

I’m glad this is the worst it has been to date.  Oh, I know it will get worse, I know…I just hope I remember the story to tell when her first date picks her up or at her graduation party.  For now, it will look cute and read well in her baby book, alongside the other adorable toddler tales.  Thanks for the memories, little t.  I will be talking on eggshells for years to come…


  1. Adorable picture of your little one! And great topic!

    I learned the hard way that you can stop saying the bad language long before your little ones start talking and when they do finally talk, they remember those words and still say them!

    I too have been labled with a Potty Mouth. I have improved a great deal since becoming a mother! I have not perfected the non-potty mouth and may never.

    Here is a funny story about one of my sisters: she was 4, showing signs of a perfectionist and never wanting to do anything “bad”. She was frustrated while putting on her shoes and was saying “dammit”. My Mom very gently told her that was a naughty word. My sister said, “can you just tell me all the naughty words, so I don’t ever say them?”

    • Jenny, I absolutely LOVE the story! Your sister must have been one mature little girl!

      I completely agree with starting to watch your mouth even in utero. Forgot to include that in my post. (I always get going on a tangent & forget my train of thought…Mom-brain?!) Thank you for including this important bit. 🙂

  2. Yes, she was and still is very mature and very intelligent. Although, not all that happy of a person. She just graduated from college this past weekend with a Bio-Chemistry major and 3 credits short of a second major in Biology and with a GPA of 3.9. Finished in 4 years! I am very proud of her. It took me 5 1/2 to finish college and I had a lot of fun!

    • Congrats to her! That is really an accomplishment!

      Wow, we are even more alike. I, too, was on the extended college plan 🙂 Too much fun! Looking back, I wouldn’t change anything. I got it all out of my system, so to speak, & can now focus on raising a family without the interruption of wanting to “do” for myself.

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