Unfortunately, I think we have a 2nd generation verbal diarrhea situation on our hands. It's no secret T likes to talk...A LOT (like mommy ::blushes::). Most of the time, it's cute little sayings, words said incorrectly and humorous lines that only a preschooler could get away with. Harmless. Like Mommy, T tends to let his mouth go faster than his brain. He doesn't mean to hurt anyone, get in trouble, embarrass his parents, he is just honest.
If it was just that one time last week, I might have been able to get past it. It wasn't.
A couple of days later the director stopped me again. She told me (again...she was laughing) that when T got home on the bus from preschool that he saw a lady dropping off her child at the front desk. My honest child didn't say "hey" or "have a good day" or any of the usual sweet greetings he says. Nope. He said "you have a big belly". ::die:: The director said to him (in the moment) "we don't say that to people". His response "Well, she does, though. Does she have a baby in her belly". ::dies again:: Did I mention the lady at the front desk heard the entire exchange?!? Yup. Thankfully, she laughed it off. But, we all know even those words from a child still hurt. The director proceeded to explain that sometimes you need to let your brain catch up to your mouth, and think before you speak. You don't want to hurt other people's feelings with your words.
When T told me the story himself, I have to admit, I had to turn my head so he couldn't see I was chuckling, half mortified and shocked and half, admittedly, amused (sick, I know). But inside, I felt horrible for the poor lady he hurt. I also now struggle with how to explain to T that he can't say those types of things to or about people. How do you explain to a 4.5 year old that words hurt. I did my very best in the car that day to explain to him that people come in all shapes and sizes, and we shouldn't judge or poke fun at other's differences. I gave him some examples, and I think he got the message. Hopefully. I guess we shall see.
I just hope T learns from his mistakes early enough in life. I worry that I'm not doing a good job putting preventions, consequences and explanations in place. I just want to be sure he gets the message loud and clear, and at an age-appropriate level.
When hubs and I started having children, we agreed that our main goal in raising our kids was to be sure we raised them to be kind, polite, and respectful to others. Am I doing something wrong? Is this just a normal phase kids go through? Man, parenting is hard. ::sigh::
Gotta get back to teaching myself the staff dance for the pep rally this Friday. Yes folks, I am preparing to completely embarrass myself in front of 1200+ high schoolers. Fun times. Happy Hump Day!
Linking up with Shell @ Things I can't say.