Monday, January 18, 2010

Me Talk Pretty.

The six year old has always been verbal.
It may be genetics - we Scots like to talk. We particularly like to cram as many multi-syllabled words into a sentence as possible then fire that sentence out at speed.

It may also be the hours I spent reading with her and stressing the pronunciation of each word. Her teachers have always commented on her diction and vocabulary.
So it was with some surprise that I was asked by her teacher to work on correcting her mispronunciation of words. Really?

I consider the six year old bi-lingual of sorts. She speaks both The Queen's and American English. I can be heard following her round the house saying;
"Water has a T not a D. It's WaTer not Wadder!"
What is it she says that is not correct?

I started to listen.

"Mum, member when we went to the park and I went down the big slide?"

Ok so it should be remember but how cute is that? I don't want to change that.

"Do you have a lot of laundry in your basket sweetie?"


When has probably sounded so sweet?
We can't change that.

"Mum, what would happened if I put this in the bath?"
Ok so that's the wrong tense but she's still six and past and present tenses are hard.
We don't need to worry about that yet.

Our Navity houses Mary and Joeferd - I am NEVER correcting that.

She can say onomatopoeia and she knows what it means. Surely that cancels out the odd prolly or member?

With much sighing I realize - yet again - the problem is mine.
I want to keep the tiny snatches of childhood that linger, that still make her my little girl.

Am I trying to control the inevitable?
Prolly - but I am not ready to make it happened.


  1. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a HAPPY MONDAY!!!!

  2. OK, one of my favorites from Eden: "can we go to rite eyed (rite aid) and get some of that swifty ice cream (thrifty ice cream)" and elijah "more mac-a-cheese-roni" and of course, the one that we love the most: his word for skunk = "snut" haha! so sweet! dont correct those... :)

  3. Completely agree... don't change them. Kids grow up too quickly anyway, and every chance you can to keep some of the youngness in kids is always a plus in my book. My husband and I were very upset when our youngest started saying 'love you' because it was no longer 'blubloo'. Teachers don't know anything! :)

    Stopping by from SITS

  4. It'll sort itself out - she won't be saying "prolly" by the time college rolls around. :)

    The only reason I would take action (as you know we did with Sweetpea) is because *she* was getting frustrated and also starting to be on the receiving end of teasing from other kids. So I'd say not to worry, all will be well, but keep an open ear to any frustration that she might express?

  5. Yeah, I shed some tears the first time my daughter ordered 'avocado and cream cheese' sushi instead of her usual 'avatado and dream cheese'. I know exactly what you mean.

  6. So adorable! And I'm with you, I wouldn't correct those either. I can't wait to hear what my little one has to say, correctly or otherwise.

  7. I think you're safe! She's only 6, at 13 you should be concerned ! Enjoy the moments, she'll correct herself!

  8. Found you through Sits! Enjoying reading post after post, but I *prolly* should go to bed now. Thanks for the chuckle.
    Wendy @ Faith's Firm Foundation


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