Not so long ago, I could hear Austin playing Super Mario Brothers on his Wii. All of a sudden I thought I heard a swear word come out of my sweet little boy's mouth. I was in my room, not too far from the living room, and got up right away and went in, "Austin, what did you just say?" Normally, he would repeat whatever he said back to me. Not this time. Again, "Austin what did just you say?" He replied "Nothing ...". Far be it for me to repeat the word to him. So I told him, I thought he had said a bad word and did not want to hear it from him again. "Okay." was the only thing he said.
The other day, Austin asked me to play Super Mario with him. So I did. We were playing and trying to beat the "monster" at the top level of the castle when it bounced on Austin's character (Mario, of course) and he was knocked out of the game. "SH#TS!!!" came right out of my son's mouth! OMG! I was shocked! "Austin! That is a bad word!!!" "Where did you learn that word from?!!!!" Austin's reply "From Mario, he says it!" "No, Austin, I believe if Mario says anything, it would be 'shucks!'" (I really have no idea if that is what Mario says or not. I thought it was the only reasonable explanation at that moment.) So, Austin is learning what bad words are ... he is even figured out it is something he needs to hide if it slips out. So far I have got him saying "shucks" instead so let's hope that trend continues.
After the shock of this new behaviour wore off, I was thinking ... what does this mean? I have heard Austin repeat a bad word in the past by overhearing adults talk (let's face it, things slip out sometimes and you can't always control what other people say around your kids) and never put it together. This is a completely different ballgame. He knows, I know he knows that this is something you say when you are frustrated. Is this a speech development thing or a typical development thing? I am curious to find out. Bringing this up at the speech therapist's office next visit should be interesting ... I hope she doesn't ban Mario from the house! ;)
*HUGS* to all!