I’m learning that one of my biggest pet peeves is when parents teach their itty bitty children to quote the latest Snoop Dogg lyrics or to repeat the latest borderline phrases whenever anyone is within earshot because they think it’s sooooooo adorable when their sweet precious babies are saying inappropriate things ISN”T IT SO CUUUTE??
No. It isn’t.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like hearing little kids tell me to “Step Off” when I’m trying to help Ezra down the slide.
And then there was the time I was walking through Target and I overheard a little girl (no older than 4) trying to get her mommy’s attention. “Mommy!” (no response). “Mommy!!” (no response). “Mooooooommmmmyyyyyyyy!!!!” (no response). Needless to say, this little girl was becoming frustrated and desperate to get her mother to look at her. So, she stopped calling to her mom and paused and looked around. There were a few other people (including yours truly) who were milling about around her and her mother in the kiddos shoe department, and she looked desperately from one stranger to the next and then loudly blurted out:
“Dwap it wike it’s hawt! Dwap it wike its hawt!” while bouncing up and down.
Some of the other people nearby smirked and giggled and the little girl beamed proudly with a huge grin on her face. The little girl’s mom heard the giggles and smiled and bent down to her daughter– finally giving her the attention she was looking for. “You goof ball!”, she said.
Yuck. Icky. Gross.
Just because these kids don’t understand what they’re saying doesn’t somehow make it okay. I personally think that these kids are already bombarded with enough questionable images (BRATZ, ANYONE?!?!) and content (CSI KITS FOR KIDS?!?!) waaaaaay before they should be.
What ever happened to the days of Snorks and Smurfs and Strawberry Shortcake? *sigh*