Words Gone Wrong: Do You Correct Your Kids' Vocabulary?
From the moment my son could talk, I've hung on his every word. When it was just a mere "Mama" or "more," at 10 or 11 months old, I deemed him as a genius. Hey, I'm proud... And 4 years later, at age 5, I'm equally impressed by his vocabulary. His new go-to word is "unfortunately..." which, to be honest, he doesn't entirely use correctly...
Me: Honey, would you like to watch a little TV after dinner?
Him: Unfortunately, yes.
Me: How was school?
Him: Unfortunately, good.
Me: It's time to turn off the video game.
Him: Unfortunately, no!
Much like how he refers to my vagina (yes, I said it) as a "Pa-china," I don't have the heart to correct him. In fact, he's called McDonald's "OLD Mac-Donalds" forever. Not correcting him! (Not that we EVER, ahem, go there. Noooo... Never).
Call it bad parenting, but I love his misuse or mispronunciation of words. "Eventually..." that's a pretty big word for a 5 year old (he says it right actually)... Or "Ridiculous," (pronounced Ridic-LI-ous) or "Insane," (pronounced In-ZANE), all pretty solid words- pronounced totally incorrectly but used just right!
Currently, he is obsessed with Volcanos (which he calls Volcane-NOOS). One might suggest that I stop the future "dinosaur, rock, astronaut, scientist" from saying it wrong, but it's too damn cute! Plus, just like when he was a baby, I often say/repeat the word he's using correctly, but he STILL says it wrong. So what's the point of making him feel bad about it?
I'm starting to think I should have practiced some criticizing restraints in my first marriage...
But I digress....
The point is, I'm still holding on to his babyhood and all the discoveries that come along with it. So what if he says his tummy "hurted" or that he "broughted" something home.... Eventually, he'll say them right, RIGHT? I had a similar approach with the pacifier: I felt to some to degree that when he was ready, he'd stop using it. He won't want to go to high school rocking a pacifier. To some degree, I feel like this is the same thing. Eventually, he'll outgrow these words and I'll be able to swiftly step in and tell him how to properly use them.
Do you agree? Do you let your kids say certain words incorrectly because of the cute factor? Is there a certain age that parents need to correct the misuse or mispronunciation of their child's words? Share your thoughts!