Laura picked up the phrases, “OMG” and “Oh my God” at daycare. “OMG” doesn’t bother me too much, though she sounds like a 4 year old Valley Girl. “Oh my God” is a little different. Saying this phrase when I was a kid was punishable by a soap mouthwash. While I don’t think it is that severe a crime, I don’t want Laura to offend.
To give her something else to say in place of “Oh my God”, Laura and I brainstormed some alternative versions.
- Oh my daffodils!
- Oh my elbow!
- Oh my dog!
- Oh my celery!
- Oh my butt!
- Oh my poopy mouth!
- Oh my underpants!
- Oh my stinky feet!
Four is the age where everything potty related is hilarious. At this point, her alternatives are probably more offensive than the original. My phrase substitution attempt was a failure. My next strategy is to ignore and not react.
What phrases do your kids say that you wish they would not say?