Okay Bay-Beh!

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Today’s story is about my (then) 3 year old son. One day we were driving along, driving along in our Suburban, and Dana asked Luke to do something.  With a good amount of gusto he replied with, “Okay, baby!”  To get the correct pronunciation, you need to say “beh-beh,” or maybe” bay-beh” or “babe-eh.”

Dana and I looked at each other in shock…what did he say?!?

We informed him that it was not appropriate for him to call his mother “babe-eh.” He was to call her Mom or Mommy.  Not, ahem, “beh-beh.”
I have to admit though; it was one of those ‘pretend that you are looking intently out the window with your mouth covered’ moments because I was cracking up.

Where on earth did he get that one?

Well, about 5 minutes later we got home and Dana told me that we needed to go in and get lunch ready.  I replied with, “Okay, bay-beh!” And that’s when it hit us…

Small Mirrors, Small Sponges

My kids are walking, talking mirrors that reflect little facets of myself.  They don’t show the whole picture, and certain parts are distorted like one of those funhouse mirrors, but I’m looking at me!

So, I had a few takeaways…

  • I need to be careful how I talk.  Do I want my 3 year old mimicking me?  Cuz he will.
  • On the positive side, Dana and I are very careful to be affirming and affectionate in our speech towards each other, and Luke obviously picked that up.  (There are worse things he could have called her  after all!)
  • This is one more fantastic reason to strive to be the best man I can be.  Because behind me there is another little man who is doing his best to follow my example. (see below)
  • You control much of the environment that affects your children. What music do they hear, what stories do they read, what TV do they see, what conversations do they overhear, what people are in their lives, what discussions take place at dinner, and so on and so on.  Take control of the atmosphere!

Growling and other manly noises!

Thought questions for today:  What are some ways that you are proud of the example you set for the kiddos?  What are a couple areas that you should shine up before they copy you from the backseat?

Please, I’d love for you to leave comments about this one!  What is your funny story of a mini-me moment?  Okay, beh-beh.

Bonus Feature:

A Little Fellow Follows Me

A careful man I want to be –
a little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear he’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whatever he sees me do he tries.
Like me he says he’s going to be –
that little chap who follows me…
He knows that I am big and fine –
And believes in every word of mine.
The corrupt in me he must not see –
that little chap who follows me…
But after all it’s easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me –
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I’m a better man
than what I used to be…
Because I have this lad at home
who thinks the world of me.

(Author Unknown)


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