Or otherwise titled: "I hope you don't speak to your kids that way!"
The sentence that just came out of my mouth, directed at DD: "I would like you to go get dressed. If you're able to do this in a timely manner then you may be able to engage in some sort of recreational activity before we leave."
She's five. I found myself reflecting on that sentence after I spoke it. Many would say that's too advanced for a child of her age, but since she began speaking in sentences that's how I've spoken to her. Not every sentence is put so eloquently. Sometimes I'm brief and occasionally I'm long winded. It provides her the opportunity to hear vocabulary she isn't necessarily exposed to on a regular basis outside of our home. When she doesn't understand, she asks, and I define the word or break down the phrase so she knows.
The sentence struck me. Sometimes my mom rolls her eyes at me because she thinks DD wouldn't understand. She's fairly precocious and I love the English language, as well as I love teaching her about it.
For good measure, I feel like I should throw an eff bomb in here, because my children are also exposed to the gutteral language. So, fuck.
Do you swear in front of your kids? Do you use large words with them?
Seriously though I do cuss in front of my kids. I always have and except for my daughter saying oh shit before she was 2, she hasn't repeated.
by Anonymous 1
January 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM
I think as long as you understand that they might need a word explained to them once or twice, it's very helpful to expose your child to a lot of different words. To them, a big word is not necessarily harder to understand, even if it might be hard for them to repeat.
My 4 year old has an advanced vocabulary that just floors her dr. And my 6 year old shocks her teacher daily. Why? Because that is how we have always spoken to them. "If you do not finish cleaning your room in a timely manner you will have consequences" "we shall be at home shortly".
My kids know what that means and that is how they talk.
My five year old who is nine now started using words like unfortunately, apparently, circumstances, furthermore..etc. She uses them because I do while talking to her and have always talked to her in a mature manner.
My mom hates it, she believes it makes her grow up too fast. I dont see the problem.