“This cart is stupid! let’s get a new one.” I said to the girls. Aria paid no attention to what I said. Ivy on the other hand looked right at me and said “mommy can I say stupid too?“. I looked right back at her and realized what I had just did. Without even knowing I had called the cart stupid right in front of her. I mean in my defense it was stupid and there’s a million other “bad” words I could of used. Never the less here I was standing in Target with my 4 year old asking if it was okay she use the word “stupid”.
Last week my girls and I decided to take a trip to Target to buy them some new sandals. They were having a really good sale I couldn’t pass up. I took the girls out of their car seat and put them in the shopping cart. Rolling through the parking lot I realized that we had a bad cart. You know it was scrubbing and making super loud noises. So once in the store I decided to trade out the carts for a new one.
“No” I told her. “That’s not a nice word to say and mommy said it out of frustration, so don’t say that word.” She just stared at me. Now at this point I thought she was going to pull a typical toddler move and challenge me by saying something like “well you said it..why cant I?“. But she didn’t. She didn’t say anything but “k“. I was able to breath a sign of relief, because that day I didn’t have to argue with my toddler. But on the other hand this just makes me realize how fast Ivy is growing and how I really need to watch what I say in front of both my girls.