There are times when you can laugh with your kids, but there are other times when you have to hide it. My son rarely talks back, so when he does it’s always funny to me. Of course I can’t show him that. Instead, I have to put on the ‘mean momma’ face and scold him for it. However, as soon as he leaves the room, the smile creeps up and the laughter comes out.
The first time he ever talked back was in the grocery store. He was about 8 years old. We were headed down the frozen food aisle and he was walking a few feet behind us. Like most kids, he was a nose picker. The reason he was walking so far behind us, was because he wanted to pick his nose without being caught. He thought he was being sneaky, but he forgot that parents have eyes in the back of their heads.
“Son, stop picking your nose. That’s disgusting.”
Immediately he replied, “Don’t look back here then.”
He got in trouble for talking back, but it was hilarious. I laughed about his response all the way through the store, under my breath of course, and for days afterward. That’s the only time I recall him talking back. That is, until yesterday.
While cooking dinner, I had him join me in the kitchen to practice his speech. Since he still needs a lot of improvement in communication, that is something we do quite often. Yesterday’s lesson was focused on inflection. He typically speaks in a monotone voice, which is not very entertaining to listen to.
It reminds me of when my parents used to turn on a golf game before taking a nap, because the announcer’s voice would help put them to sleep. I’m not picking fun at my son. He’s still learning, but the point is, is that inflection is very important.
So last night while practicing his inflection, I had him repeat the same two words, three times in a row. On the fourth time, he says (with inflection) “Oh come on!” Being Mom, I responded “Boy, don’t ‘oh come on’ me!”
All the while, I was trying to hold back my laughter. Kids. Where do they learn this stuff from? We practiced a few more times, then I decided to inquire of him where he had learned to say such a thing.
“Just people”, he answered. Well, those ‘just people’ should stop teaching my son how to talk back. But, it sure was funny though. His little smart aleck comment of “Oh come on!” has been running through my head all day. I can’t help but laugh.
I wonder how many times my parents had to keep their laughter hidden from us when we talked back to them. Probably a lot, especially with me.
Although talking back is disrespectful and kids should be taught not to do it, it sure can be funny. There is no denying that.
How do you handle those situations with your children?