Sunday, March 2, 2008

Oops! Junior's done it again!


Its been some time since I've written anything here, which does not mean nothing interesting has happened. It just means I'm taking my time assimilating everything and wondering what is going on!

Recent weeks have seen complaints by senior about swear words and abusive language being used against him. The final straw came when the boy in question started putting things in cub senior's bag and accusing him of stealing it. It turned out that the behavior stemmed from resentment and jealousy. An email to the right people hopefully has calmed things down. Aside from the fact that the cub senior's vocabulary is now enriched by more swear words, I'm stunned by the nonchalant usage of the words here. ...I've managed to ensure that cub senior minds his language,but for how long? I wonder...

As for cub junior, what can I say...A cosy evening found him playing with a new aiplane. His brother had been to the airshow and brought back a souvenir for the lil one. So while i caught up on some reading, junior was busy shooting bombs from the cockpit. Or so i thought. Till hubby pointed out, that what i mistook as cockpit was actually a reference to his err...vital part of his anatomy.

Further subtle probing revealed that he picked it up from the bus.(i use subtle, because to give the word undue importance only serves to etch it further in his mind and i don't want that, do i?) And he was thrilled with the new word he learnt(what he has to learn, he will never get it, but this...no probs mamma, !!!). Leave alone the fact that at his age, in my time, the cock used to be the better half of the hen... :(

a mom on the warpath....a 5 yr-old who is the most willing sponge, for all things undesirable...fireworks unlimited!!!

And the tension of various situations he may use it in!!! Ahh well!!
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26 comments:

--xh-- said...

i hope that e-mail makes teh things straight... when i was a kid - from 5th std - i was very careful that i dont use swear words at home - hope cub senior and junior also gets wise so that they use the world sonly away from moma. should i give them a class on how to hoodwink their moma?

i almost fell off from my chair laughing about the bombing.... :)

~nm said...

Wuite a tricky situation this is. I have no clue how I will handle such 'learnings' by my son when he grows up.

I remember when a year ago he picked the word 'shit', from god knows where, and somehow we got him to stop saying it after we told him its not a good word to use. Well he did ask some questions as to why is it a bad word and what I told him I don't remember much now.

Just Like That said...

Uh-Oh! You mean I better get prepared..?? Glad the email sorted things out for senior. But- these cocky youngsters !! Ohmigawd!
'Willing sponge' for things undesirable is SOOOOO right!

Preethi said...

Suma.. am so scared right now.. I have a willing sponge here too.. :P

Shruti said...

they pick up JUST the right things na :P But.. its so bad that the school cant control the kids from using swear words :(

Just Like That said...

Tagged you. Please go four posts down on my blog.

rayshma said...

gosh! every day must be a new adventure for u, na?!

Solitaire said...

Sometimes even I behave like a willing sponge. I unknowingly learn all the swear words in another language and use them on poor victims who know that language. :)

BTW, did you teach him the word cock or did you give it a nickname like nunu or something? That's what my friend did with her 3 year old son.

Keshi said...

I never used SWEAR words as a kid. But now as an adult I use em..but not on ppl and in public. I just mutter em to myself LOL!

Keshi.

Keshi said...

byt in Blogville I hv told off alot of jerks using swear words..cos they dun u'stand KIND WORDS.

Keshi.

c e e d y said...

hahaha

just makes me laugh....kids, their pranks and worries....

the sponge reference is really apt - but dont you think that they do absorb a lot - so if not given importance - the thing that he picked up will be forgotten - but if you do discuss it - it rings a bell that Ma does not like this - and can be used again and again...

just asking - no experience here yet :)

Thinking aloud said...

@ ceedy...
yes...that's what most parents do...if they are too small..we tend to not emphasise the point because that only serves to etch it deeper...the problem is that the 5-yrold is very unpredictable...and once something has entered his head..it stays put...

and my elder one knows that there is a place and time for everything...

Thinking aloud said...

@ keshi...

LOL...
i've see that too...u go girl..tell them off...as long as its not me :-P

Thinking aloud said...

@ solitaire...

heh..heh...that must have been quite a scene...

@ rayshma...
u telling me? sigh...

@ jlt...
yay...done that already :D

@ shruthi...
yeah...but now after my complaint...they seem to have pulled up their socks...but it is difficult to rid someone of a habit...

Thinking aloud said...

@ -xh

don't you dare!!!...:D
i have enough wondering what they do in front of me, than to start worrying about what they do away from me...

@ nm...
when they rae a lil older, tehy sort of know when to use what...like xh mentioned...

but 5 yrs..and saying things so innocently...:(

@ preethi and JLT...

be prepared...dears...
and come to me...for advice...

brocasarea said...

once after learning some foul language from my neighbour had used it on my bro..u know wht happn?...got trashed by my father!!:(

Joy said...

I know I need to be prepared but have no clue how I'll handle it...

Granny Smith said...

As the mother of three boys, I can really relate to this. They are all grown now (in fact citizens), and I cam assure you they all turned out just fine.

I think you are doing all the right things, and amusing us as well!

Emaan said...

ha ha ha.. my mommy is gonna keep a check on me from like RIGHT NOW !

Vidya said...

tell me all about it.... my 4 year old said something to me once while she was throwing a tantrum. and I totally ignored it. and she repeated it over and over. till the one year too started repeating it.
And one fine day both the kids said this in front of our japanese teacher.... who very kindly pointed out to us that our daughters were calling us 'fools' and maybe we'd want to put a stop to it.
and yes, they were calling us names in Japanese. the older one learns it at school, and the younger one's two word vocabulary is rather easy, Baka-'fool' or Yada-'I refuse to'
joy of parenting abroad... sighhh... I want my mommy

Just Like That said...

Vidya: ROFL that was really too funny!!! :-D
TA, maybe you would go to my blog and let me know your opinion?

Pavi!!!! said...

Just dropped in here..n think i'll keep coming back!

ur dear kids seem to make life such an adventure!

Pointblank said...

LOL - Tuff situation eh? Yeah.. the tension is too much to handle!

Neera said...

Updates updates pleeeeeeeez ...what did u do? How is he doing now?
"Shut up!!" is the new mantra at our household these days!! Heeellllpppp!!!

Suma said...

pavi::
that was so very sweet of you, to have read everything and leave a comment too..thank you...

pointblank..
tufff? u bet..and u know what? it gets tougher evry day...

neera::
handle? oh i just explained that certain things are best left unsaid...if he wants to pee, he could pls let me know in a whisper and that he better use the rite words for teh rite things,else i'm gonna change his name too...very sweetly though...also if you ignore, they tend to forget cos they no longer get the reaction they want...

but he' not said it again ..i think he's saved it somewhere and it will crop up some uncomfortable moment...

Mama - Mia said...

ouch!!

junior discussing anatomy already!! and yeah weirdest is i guess they have no clue what they are saying!!

they seem to learn everything so quickly!!

its just crazy!

lovely post!

cheers!