My 18 month old is getting to be quite a naughty fellow. He also has a fairly well developed sense of humour…and is fast beginning to assert his independence…all in all a lethal combo.
Last month Sid picked up “shut up” from a friend, used it for a couple of days and then forgot all about it. Not quite the same story in Amu’s case. He picked it up from Sid, figured out the usage and has been generously doling it out to all and sundry. it started out as shaddaaaa which was not always obvious in terms of its meaning to people. But now he articulates it pretty well “shaddup”. I tried ignoring it in the beginning, hoping it would just die a natural death like it had with the twins when they were around his age. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the hope that he thought of it as just another word whose meaning he had not grasped. But he had. And he is not forgetting the word in a hurry. So all of us are treated to his verbal assault on a regular basis.
I have tried to tell him it is not OK. “Don’t do it. I don’t like it” or “No saying shut up. It is not nice” or even “NO!” (in a firm and loud voice). Day before i took him to the corner, gave him a little rug to sit and made him wait there for a couple of minutes.
Today he was spitting water all over the floor deliberately and when the nanny took away the bottle he looked at her and said “Shaddup”. Then he looked at me and strutted over to the time out corner. “uh oh! corner!” he announced and plonked down and made himself comfortable. I tried to ignore him as he flashed bambi smiles at me all through.