Do you remember the moment you finally deciphered those first few words? I distinctly recall the excitement on recognising “dada”, “mum mum” and “hello” coming from my then 10 month old daughter’s mouth. We encouraged her speech, finding it endearing and of course being first time parents, were also super proud of her ability to speak from such a young age.
Approximately 5 months later came the first sentence: “my do it” and this was said daily, around 2354 times. Or so it seemed. It was her favourite phrase, particularly when it came to dinner time….
Feeding was a long drawn out process with the spoon being discarded in favour of fingers and even lasagne being wolfed in this fairly uncouth (and disgustingly messy) manner. My daughter is and has always been fiercely independent. If I wanted to get her to eat anything, this was the only way. Trust me, I tried various diversion techniques but to no avail!
Now this child is a Teenager, we have moved on from “my do it” to a variety of other equally irritating phrases. To follow are some of her current favourites:
Translation: I have no intention of doing it but hopefully this will keep you off my back for a little longer.
“In a minute”
Translation: Leave me alone I will do it when I feel like it but most probably will forget.
“I’M DOING IT!“
Translation: I’m not actually doing it but as I said, I will do it in a minute.
“Sorry I forgot”
Translation: I’m not really sorry but if I start with that, my oversight is likely to be forgiven quicker.
But the most recent addition (and by far the most irritating of the lot), is the silent treatment. When a cursory nod or shake of the head is used in favour of a verbal response. Being in another room and consequently none the wiser, I am forced to repeat (rather loudly) the initial question which is then met with a resounding: “I heard you!” Also uttered at a slightly louder pitch than necessary.
Every child, no matter what age, has at some point been taught, cajoled and encouraged to speak. He/she then perfects a rather long repertoire of
intensely annoying phrases which said parent subsequently attempts to remove from his/her vocabulary. Now THAT must be irritating!
What’s your child’s current
most irritating favourite phrase, repeated ad nauseam?
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