Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Why do kids learn so easily what they are not supposed to learn?

I try to be a good example with Little Spanish Pinay. I swear, I make the best effort. But I have this bad habit of uttering a vulgar when I get surprised or when something falls off. And the frequent word I say? Vagina! I don't exaclty say the english word vagina but the equivalent of it in my language. One dinner time, I was feeding LSP and trying to cool off the food from the spoon by blowing on it ::might be gross to others but hey, it's a Filipino thing:: and suddenly the food flew out from the spoon. Obviously, I blew too hard. To which I exclaimed puke! Pronounced puh-keh. It wasn't even loud and I said it just once! ONCE!


Hubby knows the word so he gave a quick disapproving look and immediately I felt bad that I said it infront of LSP but I thought, it's ok. It was just quick and she might not even heard it. Another be-careful-with-your-words-next-time-look from hubby.

So we continued with our dinner. LSP eats her dinner on her own now but I still try to sneak in some food in her mouth from time to time to make sure she eats something. She's still in a phase where playing with food is the same as eating the food.

Few minutes passed by, LSP was busy with her food while hubby and I was having out little chat while eating. Suddenly we heard it. She said the word. Puh-keh. Hubby and I exchanged looks of horror. My mouth open, I looked at LSP. Apprently while she was trying to fork her food, it slipped and fell off the floor and she said the word again.

I'm like ...No, It can't be. I must have heard her incorrectly.

We tried not to react and instead drive her attention to something else. But hubby and I were like OH.MY.GOSH mouthing the words without sound and with eyes wide in shock. She drank her water and it spilled off and she then said it again. It was kind of hilarious but...

MUST.NOT.LAUGH.

She can't see this as something funny nor she can't see us reacting on it or else the word will be forever engraved in her recording-like mind.

Then I thought it's ok, it's ok. I'm sure tomorrow she'll forget about it. I just need to make sure she doesn't hear it from me again.

The whole night we didn't hear the word from her again. The following day, she was playing with her toy caserole with few cereals in it to "cook". She took a toy spoon and started mixing the cereals in her toy caserole. While mixing, a few cereals spilled off and she said puke. We were so wrong. From then on, every time something from what she's doing falls off or spills off, she'd say the word.

I can't believe how fast can an 18-month old learn a word like that! She even learned the full concept use of it. Maybe I can take this positively and just be happy that she's a fast learner. Not. SHE.MUST.UNLEARN.IT.

I tried to use some other words everytime I'd "accidentally" drop something and let her hear me on purpose but she will just look at me like "mami, you're saying the wrong word". I tried to use books! bed! bear! and many other "cute" words but nothing works. She wouldn't repeat. I later on realized those are silly words to use as an expression. I know, I'm getting desperate. But the last thing I tried that seemed to be working is oooops! She'd say oooooosh! And she'd smile and sometimes laugh. There are still time that she'd say THE word but I really hope she'd completely unlearn it!

oooooosh!

18 comments:

  1. wait until she goes to school!! as a mom we do try to be role models for our kids, trust me my kids are 17 and 19, with all the stuff I said when they were toddlers, i think they turned out pretty good.!

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  2. LOL. That's hilarious. At least you're in Spain and I'd have to guess 99% of the people don't know what that means. But better watch out once she visits the Philippines =)

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  3. OMG!!!! Don't you just HATE that?! OMG -- I can't believe she put 2 and 2 together and used it properly too! I wish you luck in getting her to use a different word. :) We always say "ooopla" don't know what it means or where it came from... but it works in our house hold! :)

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  4. this sure is a funny story of your little spanish pinay. kids nowadays are like sponges! they absorb everything they see or hear! if only there's an "undo" button in situations like this. well, good luck to your "undoing". i'm sure she'll forget about THE word after some time :)

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  5. It's kind of funny coming from a cute little girl like LSP but sad for you that you have to undo the 'bad word'. But now you know that she can pick up things very easily, yeah...try to implement more reading, math, science. Just kidding. But oops :(

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  6. Oh dear! Just remember you have a little tape recorder! You're doing the right thing in not laughing or reacting so it doesn't get reinforced! I guess it's time for you to find another word to shout out when surprised! Rooting for you! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  7. Oh my gowd! hahaha! for sure she'll forget that word:)

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  8. My daughter learned that same word from her yaya :( For quite some time after she first heard it, she kept saying it over and over, and even asked me what it meant. I simply told her it was a bad word, and not to say it again. Luckily, she hasn't said it again. Hopefully, your little girl will soon forget it too :)

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  9. haha! it's amazing what they pick up! with my daughter it's $h!T and she even made it into a song, as in $h!T-$h!T-$h!T-$h!T and this is three days before her music class where the teacher asks kids to sing a "new" song they learned. imagine the horror! it eventually faded and now she says "holy mother of crap". not.much.better. everytime hubby hears her i feel like i'm being sent to detention;-)

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  10. she thinks it's a funny word, hehe! don't worry she will soon forget about it.

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  11. Hahaha!careful ka na...alam mo nman si tala mdali na sya mkagaya.

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  12. Oh that is too funny. I don't mean to laugh at your anguish but it is pretty funny ;D I have a nasty habit of saying icky words when I drop things as well. So far I've been lucky. I need to stop asap. Little Bit says uh-oh when he drops stuff. I need to take a more child like approach and stop getting angry I guess.

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  13. That's very true about kids. I hope Kelly won't pick anything up like that. Lol! It's a good thing I don't have the habit of saying those words when I get shocked. It's a different case with my husband. :D

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  14. watch out and beware! there's someone mimicking around the house =)

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  15. hahhahah ay Pu...oopppsss...so funny these kids now adays.for sure she'll forget it soon.

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  16. Well nothing we can do about, let's just hope that she'd forget about it soon. I'm hoping she'd use ooops instead.

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  17. Good trick. At least she's unlearning it somewhat. A little more and she'll be cured. =)

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  18. It happens... I think as long she doesn't hear it for a while she's going to forget about it :) Do update us, cute story.

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