Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lessons from a 5 year old - Lesson 1: Insults

Our five year old son, Duncan, was placed in the county's Special Needs program a year or so ago.  He's in a special class filled with kids who need just a little bit of extra help.  Some kids have speech delays, some have focusing issues.  Along with the continuing development of his education, Duncan has also begun to develop his sense of humor.

Little ones laugh from an early age, of course.  They are amused by some pretty interesting things (like a sneeze from Mommy or a snoring Daddy!)  Those belly laughs are pretty hard to beat.  When they get a little older, kids start to figure out ways to make other people laugh.  Potty humor is big at this age.  The word "butt" is sure to produce shrieks of laughter. 

I think Duncan is trying to push his humor envelope with a creative bit of name calling.  I know he doesn't intend to hurt my feelings when he calls me a nose, but I do remind him that calling people names isn't nice, and to try to remember that beforehand.  Honestly, I can't say that he's thinking about it.  Tonight, amidst a fit of giggles, I was called a bellybutton.  And recently, "You're a back, Mommy!"  Heeheeheee! 

His "insults" are almost always delivered with giggles.  When he's actually angry he usually gets right down to the point: "I don't like Miranda!"  He doesn't mess around with calling her a toe.  Although, he may have been a little upset with his Daddy when he said, "Daddy, you're a unicorn!"  Yeah, I think he meant for that one to sting a little.

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