When your kids aren't quite talking yet, sometimes we really don't think about what they are really absorbing, the tips they are picking up from you before it's... well, just too late to repair damages.
Like the time Nephi, who wasn't putting two words together yet, overheard my mom yelling at her dogs for some reason and heard a word. A good word. And filed that word away in his little head, only to pull it out in front of my mother-in-law later that afternoon.
"He did NOT get that from ME!" I said in my defense. Then my loving, to-honest-for-his-own-good, husband said: "He got it from your mom!"
Great. Sorry, mom!
My sister tells me story after story about her kids and what they do just because they see her doing it.
One time, Sammy had pulled up a chair to the kitchen sink and was standing there facing towards it and away from us shrugging his shoulders like crazy.
"What is he doing?" I asked my husband.
"He is doing what he thinks you do at the sink. From his view, when you wash the dishes, you are only shrugging your shoulders." We had a good laugh over that one.
Then comes the reason for this post.
Yesterday, I was playing a Sherlock Holmes computer game -- entertainment to help me get my mind off of how badly I miss my man! Anyway, it seem pretty harmless and Nephi was sitting on the bed behind me watching me solve the case. Then suddenly there was a knock on the door, just as I triggered a movie sequence in the game. I jumped up and ran for the door, leaving Nephi to watch the show.
When I got back in, it was just ending. There was this dead guy and a huge spider-thing came exploding out of his stomach like on Alien. Nephi was mortified!
"Yucky Yucky, mommy!!!" He cried. And he kept saying it over and over and pointing to the computer. I felt soooo bad!! I totally hadn't seen it coming. I hope he didn't have nightmares tonight!
I quickly turned off the game and distracted him with some cartoons. Crisis over... or so I thought.
Later that afternoon, the boys were being really quiet in the front room, so I went in to investigate. Nephi and Sam were sitting on the floor, and Nephi had this shoe box and was showing Sam something in the box. I eased closer to see the show.
"Sammy, yucky yucky here!" Nephi then pointed to the shoe box, Sam was watching it intently. Slowly, Nephi opened the box and his stuffed monkey was inside. Nephi then made his monkey slowly come out of the box. "Yucky Yucky Spider," Nephi explained to Sam. "Computer..."
Oh. My. Gosh. He was reenacting the computer game scene with his shoe box and monkey for Sam! Ok, that is it! From here on, I am really going to monitor what my kids are seeing.... seriously!!! No more monkeys in a shoe boxes... great, now I am going to have nightmares!
Now, you have to share what you see your kids doing that you do, or they have seen on TV!