A friend of mine commented the other day that your kids can be ugly little mirrors. By that, she meant you see the worst of your behaviour reflected in what they do and say. We've had a few incidents this week that have made me a wee bit more conscious of what comes out of my mouth.
The girls and I had popped down the shops for a few things. Waiting to get charged $2 for daring to take money out of someone else's ATM, someone came up behind Olivia and startled her. "Fok!" said she.
Although an appropriate commentary on bank charges, I wasn't sure I'd heard correctly, so I asked, "What did you say, Liv?"
"Fok, Mummy. He scared me!"
I'm a...well, let's call it 'assertive'...driver. I greatly dislike people who drive slowly in the right lane, slow for green lights and general idiocy. But I'll be trying to voice my frustration internally after hearing Olivia join me in berating other motorists.
"C'mon people! What are you doing? Get out of my way!" pipes the little backseat driver. She's even perfected the 'up-palm' (the exaggerated 'what on earth was that?' hand gesture).
Again, oh dear.
My lovely hubby is also an assertive driver...a little more so than me, as evidenced by Olivia's contribution to his communication with other drivers:
"Oh, for fok's sake!"
Needless to say, we are both washing out our mouths with soap and watching our manners a little more when we're in the car. Ugly little mirrors, indeed.
If you're a parent, what have your kids done that has made you think about your behaviour?