The latest milestone in my 2 year old’s speech development is… swearing.
Well, he doesn’t actually say swear words (yet), but he says rude things. And of course, he learns those things from his older brothers.
He says things like, “You’re a stupid head”, “Move your fat butt!”, “You idiot poo bum”.
But then he started saying something else.
Whenever my 2 year old heard or saw something surprising, he would shout out “WATERHOLE?!”
Which, I must admit, I found it to be utterly hilarious, random and cute.
Ooooh it made me ,and everyone else in the family laugh and laugh.
We’d be at the shops, and he’d see a man dressed up as a rabbit and he’d go, “Waterhole! Mum! Look at that man!”
Or I’d surprise everyone and serve chocolate cake for dessert, and he’d spit his food out and say, “Waterhole?! We eat chocolate cake for dinner?!”
Because I was always choking back with laughter and wiping the tears from my eyes… I never corrected him or scolded him for saying it. It was so random and quirky! And that was weeks ago.
But I’m paying for it now. Because his pronunciation has improved. And now I realise what he was actually saying the whole time. Just what his brothers have been teaching him – in secret.
It wasn’t “Waterhole”.
It was “What The Hell?”
As in “WHAT THE HELL?! Are we going for a bike ride!?”
Ugh. I cringe under my skin every time he says it now. It’s just so wrong to hear it from a little 2 year old.
I have begun to correct him, but it has been close to impossible to change the habit.
Hopefully, it’s just a phase.*crosses fingers*