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Gimme, Gimme!

Have you ever committed a parenting foul so egregious that, afterwards, you stepped back and thought, What was I thinking?

No, of course you haven't. I haven't, either. We're moms, and we don't screw up.

Ahem

Other people, however, make glaring mistakes that we sometimes need to point out to them. One such blunder was committed while I was in Chicago for the Sara Lee Back to School Summit and BlogHer last week.

While I was away, Joe and Grace visited our extended family. Apparently, someone encouraged Gracie to say Gimme, gimme! instead of May have that, pease?

Encouraged? Maybe it wasn't encouraged. Maybe someone just forgot his or her manners and told Grace Gimme, gimme!. Maybe it happened once or fifteen times. I don't know, and Joe isn't talking, except to say, I guess that wasn't very smart, was it?.

Who said it and why is irrelevant. The result is the same. My formerly polite babe is now saying Gimme, gimme!, and I'm furious steaming mad very annoyed.

I've been ignoring Grace when she says Gimme, gimme!. I give Joe the hairy eyeball, wait a bit and then say, “Would you like this?”

She always says Yes! (probably thinking, I already told you that I want it, Mama!)

I model the right way for her, and she usually repeats it, May have that, pease?

She eventually gets what she wants, but not until she's asked nicely. I'm hoping she puts it together and that Gimme, gimme! is gone soon.

On the positive side, she still says thank you and bless you, and the correction is not causing major tantrums.

I'm sure that she will learn worse in the hopefully distant future, but this is the first time this has happened. It's also the first time I've ever been away, so the two aren't sitting well with me.

What was the first annoying thing someone else taught your child?

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10 thoughts on “Gimme, Gimme!”

  1. I feel your pain! My daughter has picked up on her grandfather’s tapping of his utensil on his plate, which he does only to annoy grandma. Of course, AG thinks it’s funny, so she now does this at home. I remind her that we do not play with our fork/spoon and that it isn’t funny-however, I don’t think she believes me b/c she is still smiling with that mischievious look in her eye-lol. Unfortunately, it continues to get reinforced when Grandpa is around, even after him being told to please not teach her that-UGH, very irritating!!
    .-= Cris´s last blog ..Tempt My Tummy Tuesday =-.

  2. I feel your pain! My daughter has picked up on her grandfather’s tapping of his utensil on his plate, which he does only to annoy grandma. Of course, AG thinks it’s funny, so she now does this at home. I remind her that we do not play with our fork/spoon and that it isn’t funny-however, I don’t think she believes me b/c she is still smiling with that mischievious look in her eye-lol. Unfortunately, it continues to get reinforced when Grandpa is around, even after him being told to please not teach her that-UGH, very irritating!!
    .-= Cris´s last blog ..Tempt My Tummy Tuesday =-.

  3. That would definitely be very frustrating indeed. I am like you and are always teaching my children to be polite by saying things like “please”, “thankyou”, and “excuse me”. I have not had to deal with anyone teaching them anything bad yet, but I am sure it is something I will have to face down the road. And don’t worry, the “Gimme, Gimme” should go away soon. Isn’t it wild how our children pick things up so quickly? My husband has the tendency to sarcastically say to me “Have a Nice Day”. It is a joke between us and now my children say it. Oh, and I just remembered another one. I often say “Oh My God” when I am surprised about something. My 3 yr old daughter started saying it. I realized that I really hate it and would rather her say “Oh my Gosh” or something like that. That is something I have had to work on.

    Well, anyway, thanks for sharing. Have an awesome day!

    DAWN
    .-= Dawn (Painter Mommy)´s last blog ..Spotlight on PR for Mom Bloggers =-.

  4. That would definitely be very frustrating indeed. I am like you and are always teaching my children to be polite by saying things like “please”, “thankyou”, and “excuse me”. I have not had to deal with anyone teaching them anything bad yet, but I am sure it is something I will have to face down the road. And don’t worry, the “Gimme, Gimme” should go away soon. Isn’t it wild how our children pick things up so quickly? My husband has the tendency to sarcastically say to me “Have a Nice Day”. It is a joke between us and now my children say it. Oh, and I just remembered another one. I often say “Oh My God” when I am surprised about something. My 3 yr old daughter started saying it. I realized that I really hate it and would rather her say “Oh my Gosh” or something like that. That is something I have had to work on.

    Well, anyway, thanks for sharing. Have an awesome day!

    DAWN
    .-= Dawn (Painter Mommy)´s last blog ..Spotlight on PR for Mom Bloggers =-.

  5. I would probably have a coronary. Seriously. Go you for being so … controlled about it.

    When my son, who is four, starts in on the “I want …” train in stores, I gently remind him that 1) you cannot have everything you want; 2) saying “I want” for everything you see is incredibly impolite; and that having a case of the “I wants” will never result in getting a treat.

    He’s catching on. The I wants are now limited to things he honestly does want. But that still doesn’t mean I buy those things.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Fertile Fridays: Pumpkins on the Run =-.

  6. I would probably have a coronary. Seriously. Go you for being so … controlled about it.

    When my son, who is four, starts in on the “I want …” train in stores, I gently remind him that 1) you cannot have everything you want; 2) saying “I want” for everything you see is incredibly impolite; and that having a case of the “I wants” will never result in getting a treat.

    He’s catching on. The I wants are now limited to things he honestly does want. But that still doesn’t mean I buy those things.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Fertile Fridays: Pumpkins on the Run =-.

  7. Thankfully my son is too young to have picked up on any quirks…yet. However, I have a friend whose son modeled his eating behavior after– are you ready? — Cookie Monster!! You know what I’m talking about, right? The way that Cookie Monster stuffs his face with cookies, makes the ahhhmmm-yuuummm-ahhhmmm sound and food goes flying everywhere? Yeah, that.
    .-= Sherean @ Random Neural Firings´s last blog ..Friday Round ‘em Up – Today We’ve Got Sales! =-.

  8. Thankfully my son is too young to have picked up on any quirks…yet. However, I have a friend whose son modeled his eating behavior after– are you ready? — Cookie Monster!! You know what I’m talking about, right? The way that Cookie Monster stuffs his face with cookies, makes the ahhhmmm-yuuummm-ahhhmmm sound and food goes flying everywhere? Yeah, that.
    .-= Sherean @ Random Neural Firings´s last blog ..Friday Round ‘em Up – Today We’ve Got Sales! =-.

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