Well folks, we’ve entered that infamous toddler phase, the one that seems to make all parents both cringe and giggle.
That’s right, we’ve reached the phase of misspoken toddler words. Filthy, dirty toddler words.
It started when the Noodle saw the popcorn. Only, he removes the “pco” in the middle. So he’s standing in the middle of our kitchen, pointing to the pantry, screaming P0RN P0RN P0RN.
Hysterical in our kitchen. Not so funny at the Halloween carnival we went to.
Or there’s “kitty,” a common word since the Noodle really wants our cat to be his friend (the cat however, is not interested). Except the kid can’t handle the “K” sound, and instead replaces it with a “T” sound. Oy.
Then, one day we were playing This Little Piggy. But the Noodle can’t wrap his mouth around the “G” sound, instead, in this case, replacing it with an S. At best, he grabs his feet and yells “PISSY”–but at worst…well, sometimes his I sounds get replaced with a U sound. Go ahead, sound it out.
Yep. That’s right.
We’re working on that one a LOT.
For the most part, it doesn’t really bother me. *I* know he’s not actually screaming P0RN, or any of the other unsettling words it might appear. Language development is something that takes a while, and there are bound to be…uh…challenges along the way. He has to figure out what a word is, how the letters sound, how to make the sounds, and how to call it to both mind and mouth as he sees something. That’s bound to come with some amusing moments.
That doesn’t mean it’s not embarrassing though in the middle of the grocery store. Or that we’re not working on those sounds to try and stop the inadvertent foul-mouth. Or that I don’t hope he’s not screaming those words at daycare.
But if he does? Well, kids say the darndest things…right?