21 September 2008

where does he hear this stuff?

Oliver's latest quote/whine:  I never get to play!

Excuse me, young sir, but at this time in your life, your job is to play. We are firm believers in play as the way very young children learn. We would not have our kids in the programs they are in if that was not our philosophy.

Oliver usually trots this lame line out when I have just told him he can't swing golf clubs in the house, or when he has been asked to pick up toys he has finished playing with. Something truly onerous and mean like that!

This use of the word "never" is very troubling to me. I make it a point to never say "you never" or "you always" with the kids or CD. It's something I have to work at and remind myself of, but I have been pretty successful in purging that sort of thing from my speech. It might be in my head, but it's not coming out of my mouth.

Oliver must have heard it at school, or come up with it on his own. I'm not sure which. Now I just have to figure out how to remove it from his vocabulary. Yeah, I know. Good luck with that.


Tranny Head said...

I think "never" is good sometimes. Like, "NEVER eat dog poo!"


Kim said...

Or "Always listen to the Tranny!"

Colleen said...

We've been hearing "I never get my way" while a certain 4-yr old is sitting in Time Out.