I'm a butt-face.
Apparently, my once sweet, angelic 3 year old has picked up a few bad words from somewhere. I hate to blame his older brothers since I don't usually hear those words from them, but where else would he get it?!
Monkey Man's favorite word now is butt-face. That's what everyone looks like and acts like. But most importantly, it's my new name.
Let's break it down: Butt. Face. "Butt" is already a funny word to boys, much like "panties," "boobies," "boogers," and "wiener." But add "face" to the end - well, that's just art! Right? I mean, I don't find the value in a word like butt-face, but I'm guessing I'm in the wrong age demographic. Well, that and all the horrible dirty looks I have to endure when he screams my new name in public. That's not fun.
And playdates? Oh, I cringe at the thought. I would LOVE to get out more and visit with other moms while our kiddos play. But the thought of Monkey Man teaching his buddies his new vocabulary? YIKES! I don't want to be *that* mom! Honestly, I just want my sweet baby back!
How did he go from this little sweetie:
To this little devil:
So what do I do? I've told him we don't say words like this. I've sent him to time out. I've done ever reasonable punishment possible for a 3 year old. Except vinegar...I made my older boys drink a tsp of vinegar when they said nasty words. Maybe I should do that?! I just hate the crying and spitting that comes when they have to have even a drop of vinegar. But maybe it works where time out isn't?
Oh, and before anyone thinks I'm a mean mama for the vinegar - it's healthy! It's better than poisoning them with soap, right?
What great suggestions and words of wisdom do you have for this tired, frustrated butt-face of a mama?