Now I've done it...and I have only myself to blame...
I got home from work on Saturday, and was lounging around on my bed, with well, everyone. Kids. Husband. One of the cats.
Nolan announces to me, with a bit of a mischievous glint in his eye: "Hey, Mom, did Dad tell you about Audrey's new word?"
Uh-oh. This can't be good... "No."
"Dad, can I tell her? Can I say it?"
Oh, man. Now I know it's not good... "Go ahead, son."
"Earlier, Mommy, Ben and I were online, and playing a game, and Audrey was trying to climb up on the side where she always sits, b/c she wanted to watch or play or something, but we told her "No" and she got mad. She said: "You better let me do it, or Mommy's gonna beat your ass."
Now, before I go on, let me just say, that I have never, ever, beat anyone's ass. I am not a huge spanker; while I may give the occasional pop on the butt, I certainly do nothing that would ever, ever, approximate "beat your ass." However, in the course of my day, let's just say, for instance, that I've had enough. To the point that I've become lax in my editing of language. To the point that I'm threatening lives and such. At this time, I have been known to say, "Knock that off, or I'm gonna beat your ass" for dramatic effect only. Dramatic effect can go a long way to both make them realize Mommy's indeed had enough, and also make me feel a bit better (in a comic relief kind of way, b/c really, "beat your ass" sounds ridiculous, once you hear it spout from your lips.)
Nolan is giggling. Mr W is giggling. Well, of course, with all that mirth around her, Audrey decides she will repeat her statement for me.
I tried, really, really hard to keep a straight face. Honest. I bit the inside of my cheek. I hid my face in my hand.
And then I burst out laughing.
Now, all the parents out there, you know what a big mistake that was. I tried! I really tried! But the guffaws, well, that just egged her on. She said it again. As I wiped the tears from my face, it came to me in a flash--
"Sweetie, you're making Mommy cry because you are saying a bad word."
Stroke of genius, right? You should have seen the look on Mr W's face, he was so impressed--right before he mimed a Pinocchio nose in front of his face and pointed at me.
I think she even believed me, for half a second. Before she started giggling, and I felt the smile betray my face as it spread from ear to ear.
To compound my guilt at teaching her bad language, she came into my room today, upset and near tears, muttering about happenings in the living room.
"Ben, he pushed me off. I was playing the game with them <which really means she was bugging the big boys> and he pushed me off!" mutter, mutter... ? Pushed? I'm looking at her, thinking she doesn't look like anyone pushed her, I didn't hear any falling or anything like that...holy cow, all these years in Mommy U, I finally get my degree in Toddler Speak! I know what she's saying!
But it's still not good.
"Honey, are you trying to say "Ben PISSED you off?"
"Yes, Mommy. Ben pissed me off."
Oy. I wonder, who did she hear that from?
Point your finger at me, and pass me that bar of soap, will ya?
It's become apparent that I need to wash out my mouth.