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Back Talk

The little man has gotten quite brave with his back talk lately. He seems to be picking this interesting habit up from school-mates, cousins, his father, etc. Some of the more popular ones I'm hearing these days:

  • I don't care.
  • Blah, blah, blah. (He says his cousin taught him this one)
  • You guys are soooo silly.
  • You are weird mommie.
  • I don't care, I don't care, I don't care, I don't care.

A co-worker of mine once gave me some great parenting advice. She said the only time she ever spanked her children was when they made a choice that would harm them (i.e., running out into the road). Whenever her kids said something inappropriate or rude, she would actually wash their mouth out with soap.

I'm seriously considering it. I even threatened it tonight.
His response? "You're weird mommie. Blah, blah, blah."

My often angel is, at times, my little monster...



  1. I will speak for myself only, but my kids are paying me back for when I was a sassy little girl! Oh, I got the mouth washed out with soap treatment, way more than once too! I was slow to learn... Gosh, I can still remember the taste!

  2. He's such a cutie. But I can see how the talking back could get old... Once my 5 yr old son wanted to go out to dinner instead of eating at home and I said "No, because we don't have time" and he exploded "That's a disgusting reason!" Ha!

  3. I was a sassy, temper-tantrum thrower in my formative years, my parents employed the "spank only when she's lying" rule. As a result, I'm an awful liar (in that I'm bad at it, not that I do so often), but it didn't do much for the sass or the temper.

    Will be interested to see how you address this!

  4. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog today and it is so much fun! Your son is a hoot! Have a great week.

  5. Awww, thanks for stopping by. I think everyone got fired up over that Southern food I posted today.
    Please stop back by often!

  6. My mother only had to do this a couple of times to me... and it WORKED. and I turned out fine (mostly-lol). :)

  7. I have two angel/monsters. I am not sure when the back talk actually ends…

  8. It's amazing how much they pick up from school and friend (and mom and dad!). My little guy says "No" to almost everything I ask him to do and when he launches into some sort ofr back-talk phrase the last two words or so are under his breath because the mommey evil eye has already begun to glare.

  9. Cute story and funny response by your little man. You're a great writer!

  10. Hmmmm I bet I know which cousin and it wasn't my sweet babies. They are always polite and content... :)


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