Kids are sponges, that’s for sure. Today I was left wondering, where did Ella get this? Her new phrase is “Oh my gosh!” As in “Oh my gosh! It’s bubbles!” or “Oh my gosh! It’s candy!” and lastly, “Oh my gosh! I found it!” as she picked up something off the floor. Truth is we suspect she picked this up from preschool, her teacher is young and it’s her first year. It’s been recently confirmed. She says oh my gosh a lot.
We’re not big fans of saying gosh. Coming out of a three-year old’s mouth it sounds an awful lot like “God”, which we consider as taking God’s name in vain. I realize gosh is not the worst thing she could pick up. In fact, I’m painfully aware. After my wife called me at work and shared Ella’s newfound phrase, I sat on the RAPID across from a man who looked to be in his late sixties and sounded to me like he had Turrett’s. He was talking to the air, spewing obscenities and profanity from West 25th all the way to West 117th. I was grateful my kids weren’t around, but wondered, what’s a parent to do? A lot of people don’t care if there are children around, they drop the F-bomb like there’s no tomorrow. I don’t want my kid hearing that?!
Back to the “oh my gosh” phrase though. If I tell her “We don’t say that” then like the sponge she is I can just see her correcting her teacher at school (which maybe isn’t a bad thing, I don’t know.) But maybe we should just play it off and not make a deal about it and Ella will just drop it on her own. For now we’re playing it cool to see if this is really going to be something that sticks.
Have your kids ever picked up any words or phrases you don’t approve of? How old were they and what’d you do about it?