I have always heard that kids are sponges. I used to be super careful about what I said in my girls’ hearing, but with neither of them talking eventually I became forgetful. Now that my oldest is truly showing the benefits of speech therapy I am seeing both the good and the bad. Now that she is able to express herself I am getting to hear her thoughts quite often—and the uncensored version, too, as toddlers don’t know much about tact. Unfortunately, as much as I’d like to deny it there are times when she says things that I feel can be traced back to me.
Here are some new habits she has picked up on. Whenever I make her mad, she says, “You don’t love me!” For the record, I have never, ever told either of my girls that I don’t love them! Not entirely sure where she got that one! On the flip side, when she is happy with me she will say, “I love you, Mama.” Hmm, I think I might be being played!
Some of her other favorites are: “I can do it by myself!” Yep, she got that one from me. She’s an independent woman all the way! Also, “You hurt me!” every time as I so much as touch her when she is mad at me.
Another not so pleasing thing since she began talking is that she blames everything on her sister, and I mean everything. Sadly, I have to admit that it took me a few days to realize that she was lying to me quite often. Oddly enough, even though she hasn’t been talking she seems to have been storing up hurtful remarks and deceit in that brain of hers!
At least once a week my husband turns to me and says, “This is what we get for pushing her to talk!”