My ten and a half month old daughter has learnt something I was dreading - how to say no!
She can't say the word yet but from watching Mummy and Daddy shake their heads every time she's naughty, she's learnt that means no. So she's doing it back to us - anytime she doesn't like something!
What was your child's first bad habit that they picked up from you?
Believe me, the 'No' gets worse and more frequent!!
I can't think what bad habits my children have picked up from me, though I'm sure there are plenty - but I do have a 2 year old that mutters 'for god's sake' every time things don't go his way - he picked it up from his 10 year old brother (who also thought he would teach him to box tonight!)
Hahaha 'for god's sake'. That's hilarious. Although probably not for you.
So who won the boxing match?
He did (the little one), because he got his brother in a painful place so he ceased to see the funny side! We were not exactly encouraging of this toddler boxing lesson, so weren't very supportive when things went wrong
This is not BAD habit it is the first step in the pursuit of freedom !
Wow, AP. I totally agree!
It's one sign of awareness of self as a separate entity, and it's actually pretty awesome and delightful.
One of my aunts used to love hearing the stories about how my first son would toddle away from us down the hall, then turn around and shout No at us for who-knows-what reason. She called him Little No, with the strongest affection.
I know my children had/have bad habits, but it's hard for me to think of them that way. Most of these traits are developmental milestones or phases. With the exceptions of Waynet's stories, of course. Yuckkkkkkkk.
Thanks for expanding it I was too busy on my WASP thread to take the time myself
Waynet is the most disgusting hubber here ! I am beginning to get a real affection for him. He is the (better) opposite of my first wife who went into a screaming 'dirty boy' fit when she investigated the giggling coming from our bathroom and found our 'just started talking son' and his year older sister exploring biology by watching him pooing in the bathwater! I don't think he ever really recovered from that and similar devastating experiences - the getting screamed at, not the pooing!
Wow ... still trying to think of the FIRST bad habits my daughters picked up from me - they are now 25, 24, and 21. But my grandbabies now, they don't tax my brain cells too much.
Sometimes I forget one of them are underfoot until the curseword is out of my mouth then - Oops!
Well, my granddaughter Angel, two at the time was sitting on the floor looking at one of her books while her Mom and I were talking. She was calmly turning the pages and happily chatting to herself. She had trouble turning a page but kept trying a few times, then suddenly she yelled "dammit!" After we came back into the room and stopped laughing, we had our first - and thank goodness last - curseword talk.
My son's nearly ten years old now, but his first bad habit as a baby was raiding his nappy for some lovely turd balls, I caught him rolling it up into balls and eating the poop....he laughs when I tell him this, but it's true I say!
That is..ummm...a bit revolting? Can't say I've experienced that yet (and probably never will now) though there has been some occasion when he has decided to take his own nappy off at the worst possible moment...
Waynet -- Did you say he learned the turd ball habit from YOU?
Funny you should mention that as I do remember being a bit of a baker back in the day and I specialized in cakes and sweets and I used to make chocolate truffles and I rolled them into balls and I'm sure my son saw me create these choco treats!
Just....he thought he found some in his nappy!
Doh!!! didn't read the question too clearly, now everyone will think I have a tasty turdy rolling habit....
Oh no, we would never think that about you, Waynet.
Still, I won't be partaking of any of your "baked" *wink* truffles all the same .
when my son was little, I was sitting on the bed with him and my wife. I asked "where's mommy?" and he looked at her and blew kisses.
My wife asked "where's daddy" - and I was expecting the same treatment. Unfortunately, he looked straight at me and gave me the big "L" on his forehead with his fingers for "LOSER"...
He couldn't have been 18 months....
I guess he learned that one early!
I've told this story online in the past (so if, by any chance, anyone has already seen it, please overlook - but I think it's funny). When my sons (at the time, 3 and 8) would be playing and get into a verbal squabble, my husband or I would call into the living room (or whatever other room they were in other than where we were), "Separate." My thinking was they could either decide to end the squabble or else stop playing for awhile, until any hard feelings blew over. Usually, because they had been happy to play together until the squabble, they'd decide the squabble wasn't worth ending the play and resume playing happily.
My daughter was somewhere between nine and eleven months or so), when I had her in the shopping cart, and she started to open one of the packages that I didn't want her to get into. I nicely took it from her hand, and she looked up at me and yelled, "Separate!" (as clear as if a thirty-year-old had said, and with far more displeasure than her father or I had ever shown when we said it to her brothers).
She had apparently learned that if someone isn't happy with what someone else does the thing to do is call, "Separate!" I never really knew when she figured out that "separate" (for us) was specifically related to our squabbling sons, but I still think a baby who yells, "separate", as her way of showing she's not happy is pretty funny (and impressive, if I do say so myself ).
Very cute story Lisa HW!
It reminded me of a couple of incidences with my kids.
One is when my son was little and my mom kept him while I was at work. They had an outside dog that often barked at things and my dad would holler at it to "shut up". Kevin seemed to pick it up and used it a bit too often in other situations. My dad finally told him that he could only say "shut up" to the dog. He caught Kevin saying it one time when he shouldn't and as he cut his eyes towards Kevin to scold him, Kevin quickly grabbed the back door and added, "dogs" to the end of his "shut up".
The other time was when we had been teaching Michelle, my daughter that it was more polite to say "hush" than "shut up" or "be quiet". My mother had called on Christmas morning when Michelle was 2 or 3 yrs old to ask Michelle what Santa had left for her. I was video-taping and Michelle turned to me and said sternly "you be hush". She obviousl wanted me to be quiet.
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