Okay, so back to my usual blabber . . .
The other night Iris busted out with "I'm never talking to you EVER AGAIN!" I wasn't in the room, Matt was. He was just like, "what?" and asked me if I had heard it. I came in the room and she repeated it, with perfect 15 year old inflection. We spent the rest of the night explaining that those words hurt people's feelings and we don't say them. We have started doing little time-outs with her by having her sit on the couch, in the same room as us, if she does something sassy even after we've asked her not to. If she is still sassy on the couch then she goes to sit in her room for a couple of minutes. I'm not convinced that this is the best thing to do, but it kind of sort of seems okay for now. So, after we asked her to stop saying that, and she kept saying it, she got to sit on the couch. Said it again, went to sit in her room. I don't think she knows what she is saying. She is just repeating it, but I still think she should be able to understand that whatever it is that she is saying makes other people feel sad. Right? Is this a logical thing to expect a toddler to grasp? Who the heck let me be a mother?!?!
I was initially all irate, thinking "what little brat at school taught this to my innocent little angel?!?!" and then it finally dawned on me, she learned it from, of all places, The Little Mermaid. Last week we rented it from the video store (remember those? before Netflix?) and now I am just appalled. There's a scene where Ariel's father blows up all her shit because he is mad at her (good message, right?) and she tells him she's never going to talk to him ever again. Leave it to my daughter to only repeat that phase from the movie. Not that the story is really all that positive (I want to abandon who I really am because I am in love with a prince!) but I never watched these kinds of movies through the eyes of a toddler before. Turns out there are things about Disney movies that aren't so positive. Like, what's up with the lack of mothers? They either don't exist (like in The Little Mermaid or Aladdin) or they die (like in Finding Nemo or Bambi). Seriously, what IS up with that? Does anyone know? Does the head story writer have a beef with his mama? Was he not an AP'd baby? (just kidding!) My mom said there are certain Disney movies that my sister won't let her boys watch. I should ask her what they are. Now I'm going to be the mama with the kid at school with the sassy mouth. Awesome.