Friday, November 14, 2008
No, that is not a typo, that was the word we used to let the kids know that something was gross. Gum under the table at a fast-food restaurant, "Uckamucks, no touch." Obviously I am talking when your kids are small, I don't say this to my kids now, they are older, but it does cover a host of things. Using simple words to let your toddler know what is right and what is wrong (or disgusting). Think about it, "No", " Danger", "Hot", Uckamucks. Simple words that get the point across.
Uckamucks covered all things disgusting and nasty. All toddlers seem to want to pick up the dog poo in the back yard, "Uckamucks." We all have our words, each family and section of the country. We as mothers make up words that are original but make our point. That is something that should be appreciated, we need to be honored for these words. I mean, we aren't teaching our precious little ones to swear, we are teaching them alternatives that they understand.
Bill Cosby once said that parents sound like idiots because we are constantly censuring ourselves in front of our kids. I had a potty mouth at one time, I tried very hard to stop. I kept imagining my precious saying some like, "pass the damn potatoes" at the family Christmas table. A good friend of mine gave me the replacement for the "sh" word. I now say "Sugar." I am not proud of having a potty mouth, but time away from my very strict mother and living in my own house without her "look" took it's toll.
I will make a bet that each one of you with a boy child has a different word for his little teedle. You can't just say that word all the dang time. It is a body part they are fascinated with as soon as they can reach it. You know I am right. If you only have girls, count your blessings.
Do you have an original word that is funny or useful to the rest of us? Please share.
God bless you and yours.