Tuesday, January 6, 2009

how do I get her to keep her mouth shut?

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Spending 14 days with Amara over winter break proved to me two things.

First, she talks. A lot.

And second, I need to teach her to be more mindful of what she says.

The girl just doesn't know when to keep quiet.

I mean, is it normal for a five-year-old to spew just anything that comes to mind aloud?

Is biting your tongue a virtue she just didn't receive?

We visited Aunt and Uncle2Amara over the weekend. The couple is getting ready for the arrival of my new nephew so the house is undergoing some prep work. One look at their basement and Amara exclaims, "wow, this place is a dump!"

Yea, that's my kid over there. Allow me to shrink into the corner in embarrassment.

When Amara took a bite of candy that Dad2Amara's aunt bought her for Christmas, she yelled in disgust, "yuck! This is cheap chocolate."

Oye.

I have told our daughter it isn't nice to say things like that.

We've tried to explain to our kindergartner she must watch what she says because it could hurt someone's feelings.

But nothing has worked.

She keeps talking and talking. She won't shut up.

I don't know what else to do.

I'm afraid of what she's saying when I'm not around.

Anyone ever experience this with their kids?

7 comments :

  1. Reminds me of my 4 year old when we were waiting in line at the market. The teenage girl checking us out had acne. He blurted out..."Mommy! Why does the girl have boo boos on her face!?" Kids will be kids. Sorry, but I don't have advice for you :( I think that all kids go through the blabbermouth phase. I'm just very careful of what comes out of my own mouth because I hear him repeating a lot of what I say. I think the most important thing is to be a good role model for our kids. Good luck!

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  2. We're working on that, too. D. is exactly the same age as Amara. A few weeks ago, a guest in our house made us dinner. When I put it down in front of D. he said, "This looks like vomit!" We were horrified.
    I think it's age appropriate behaviour to call it like they see it.
    We have already had a phone call and a parent teacher meeting with the subject: "your kid never stops talking."
    Believe me, I feel your pain. ;-)

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  3. Haha, I mean the place was a dump! :)

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  4. Oh dear. How does she know the difference between cheap chocolate and expensive chocolate at five years of age, anyway?!

    I haven't had any experience with this type of thing...my experience is more with curiosity, like when my then 3 year old asked loudly in church why the priest's face was black (he was a visiting african priest). His uncle is black, for heaven's sake...it's not like he'd never seen a black man! But, yeah, stuff like that. It's natural, they don't have the social filter yet...the best way to knock it out is to be a good example to her. Say the kind of things that you would wish she would say. I have heard things come out of my children's mouths that I KNOW came straight from my tongue (Holy Crap being one of them. "holy crap" doesn't sound real nice coming out of a 5 year old's mouth!)

    Good luck!

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  5. Kristen & Tres - Amara has been saying "effing" this "effing" that so I know she repeats a lot!

    Laurie, I think our kids would get along great! I had the same conversation with Teacher2Amara...apparently my kid doesn't stop talking!

    And Tres, thanks for stopping by!

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  6. That's the beauty of kids - they tell it like it is. That can be both comical and embarrassing for us parents who are put in these interesting predicaments.

    I'm with Kristen...how does Amara know the difference between chocolate? LOL!

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  7. I just give her props for knowing cheap chocolate when she tastes it. Let us know if she starts pointing out fake coach purses at the mall.

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