6.25.2006

Just Kidding...

Twice now I have said my posts would dwindle for a while because I was overwhelmed or busy or tired or whatever, and I ended up blogging more than regular. So I'm coocoo. But there are just things to say, so Tag! you're it to hear what I can't talk to Calvin about. Mostly because it's about him.

"We've" been working on phasing the word "stupid" out of "our" vocabulary so that it doesn't get spoken at inopportune or inappropriate times (my friend Angela described the gradations of certain word use quite well in this post). I had fun with this at first, teaching Calvin to substitute it with words like "ridiculous," "absurd," "goofy," etc. The one substitute that stuck, however, was, "silly." So now when Cal says, "Stupid," I can give him the disapproving mother look or call his attention to it and he will change it to silly.

Tonight, he called Henry an idiot. Oooooh. Definite no-no. And somehow he knew it, because I said, "Ca--" (didn't even get his whole name out in "the warning voice") and he quickly changed it: "Henry, you're a silliot."

6 comments:

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Oh, name-calling... such a fun thing to weed out of kids. I'm trying to eradicate the word "fart" from my home.

Good luck.

Katrina said...

That is just too cute. Silliot. I like that - think I might start using it. :)

Gabriela said...

I know what you mean about blogging. I am in the middle of packing for a big move and for a 6 week vacation and I have been posting EVERY DAY. Totally crazy. But theapuetic.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Totally understand. My husband has been traveling more than usual (not like yours, so I have no reason to complain). Can't seem to get to bed before midnight.

Love the substitution - silliot has serious potential. We don't allow name-calling, either, but kids are remarkably resourceful in getting around this. I tell myself, "It's a PROCESS, it's a PROCESS!"

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My Ice Cream Diary said...

Silliot, now that is one for the books. My baby sister got out of a spanking when my mom said, "What did you just say?" and she looked through her lashes and replied, "I said 'Ut up mom'". Your big guy sounds like a quick thinker =)