• Amy Mac

    Please teach her to say “Shut the Front Door.” Both for when she wants to exclaim “Shut UP!” out of incredulity AND when she wants someone to shut their face. That would be true excellence. Also, god bless our crazy Southern grandmothers … without them, where WOULD our sense of humor be? Nowhere good.

  • http://twitter.com/Andreerah Angeerah

    Our son has autism so his language is coming around more but OF COURSE, he picks up on the things we do not want him to say, at least in public. The funniest though is that I’m always telling my husband to WATCH OUT! or BE CAREFUL! when we are in the car. The other day my husband took a fast left and what did we hear from our backseat driver? WATCH OUT, Dada!!!

  • Jess Z.

    My four-year-old son learned this somewhere too…not sure where, since I only say the words in context like you do. “You got that coat for $25? Whaaat? Shuuut uuup!”

  • erin

    This is perhaps the best thing I have read all day.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    *dies of cuteness*

  • Lauren N

    My two year old snapped at my sister yesterday “Don’t talk to me like that, AUNT ALEXIS.” And by two, I mean, she turned two last week, so in toddler-speak this came out as “No my talk wike dat AUNT LECKIS” I’m not sure we were supposed to laugh in response,

  • TeraJo

    Instead of shit it’s “Sugar Honey Iced Tea” effectively saying SHIT without saying shit. Works like a charm. :)

  • Hanni

    OMG…that’s awesome. I love that kid!

  • americanrecluse

    Sometimes I read these parenting posts and the mind just boggles. I mean, it’s adorable, no doubt. Also mind-boggling.

  • http://twitter.com/makfan Michael Mathews

    So Happy It’s Thursday was our phrase, but it only worked once a week. :)

  • Mouse in the House

    Thanks for another much-needed laugh, Marlo!

  • Megan Hannah

    This post reminds me of a song that I sang in high school called “Shut De Do”. It’s a religious song, but a lot of fun to sing. Anytime she tells you to “shut the door!” you should respond “keep out the devil!”.

  • Margaret Lukes

    Put. The Candle. Back. Is always a good one, too

  • buttercup

    May I please adopt Marlo? love her!

  • Susan B

    So I have a Grandmother Daisy Hetherington. She was my mentor. Thanks for the reminder

  • Devlyn

    Hey, I totally sang that song in choir, too. ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/erinmareegill Erin Gill

    At least you weren’t f-bombing it!

  • http://allconsuming.com.au/ allconsuming

    Our eldest has a profound speech disability. Want to get a kid with a profound speech disability able to say “f” and “sh”? BINGO. Quality parenting AND speech therapy right.there.

  • KatiesMom

    Yeah, from personal experinece, traditional methods don’t work with an 11 month old who is speaking in full sentences. Walking away when she started to tantrum produced “Come back so I can tell you I’m not talking to you!”
    Good news? She survived and is now in college (studying performing arts, but that’s another story).

  • Jessie

    I feel like our kids (I have two girls) are so similar in their personalities, it almost freaks me out. We just moved to Boston a few months ago and my 3 year already sounds like some South Boston chick from a Ben Affleck movie: “She took my Bahbie doll! How you like dem apples?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000429747565 Maggie Spitler

    LOL! My four year old son’s favorite (and just about only) word for the
    longest time was dammit. NOOOOO idea where he learned it. I would never
    use such language myself. No sir! Eventually we got through to him that
    dammit is an adult only word. He could use dang, shoot, poop, gee
    whilickers. Anything but dammit. So…..being the avid animal lover that
    he is, he started saying dam beavers. Because beavers build dams,
    right? So therefore dam was ok. How can you argue with logic like that?

  • The Hook

    This was brilliant, heartbreaking and hilarious – all at once!

  • http://karenyvonne.net/ Karen

    love it!!!! LoLOL

  • pagooey

    When my friend’s son was in a hippie-dippy preschool, the school established a list of acceptable “toddler curses” the kids could use in place of “shut up” or worse. One of these was “diaper.” OMG, that is SO DIAPER! Stop being such a DIAPER, dude. (The kid is entering high school next year, so he probably doesn’t use this any more, but his mother and I still do.)

  • Margaret Lukes

    Funny- and true story about that: It was one of the first things we taught our twins to say. We’d squish their little cheeks together and they’d say, “phhht tthhhhhe ccnnnddll bbbkkk” Sick?

  • http://karenyvonne.net/ Karen

    just hilarious…:-)