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Shut up!

I hate it when my kids say “Shut-up!” to each other. So rude. So disrespectful. I suppose there are a lot worse things they could say to each other. I’m sure they’ve said them. But “Shut up” seams to be the number one top choice phrase between my two boys. They know the words have power. The power to tick each other off and the power to make mommy’s hair fall out. Alec will usually tell Matt to “shut up” as a result of Matthew scolding him or telling on him.

Matt: Alec, you can’t eat marshemellows. They not healthy for breakfast.
Alec: I can too!
Matt: Mommy, Alec eating marshmellows!
Alec: Shut up, Matt!

Matthew will often use the “shut-up” phrase out of context. Such as when an expectation isn’t being met:

Matt: You want to swing with me, Alec?
Alec: Not right now.
Matt: SHUT UP!!!

Well, I guess he still gets his point accross :8:

But still, I can’t stand hearing it.

A couple days ago John took Alec and Matt to his grandmother’s house while I stayed home. Alec and Matt love playing in their big green yard.  On that particular day, a boy who lived accross the street from his grandmother’s came over to play with them. The kids wrestled, chased, and played catch. They were having a blast.  All while John and his family observed from inside the house. At one moment, the neighbor boy had a stick and was trying to poke Matt with it. Matt protested and then the boy looked at Alec.  “What’s wrong with your brother? He’s stupid!” the boys said.  Alec marched over to the boy, “SHUT UP! Don’t poke him with the stick, he doesn’t like it!  And don’t call him stupid!  He has autism and its a brain disorder! I told you that!”

After that, the boy didn’t say another mean word about Matt.  According to Alec, the boy started playing nicely with Matt for the remainder of the time.  It’s probably a good thing that I wasn’t there. I tend to want to interfere when I should just wait and see how the kids work it out.  Chances are that if I observed the altercation, I might have had to demonstrate for the boy what it feels like to be poked with a stick. 

I was so proud to hear how Alec handled the boy. Never was I so happy to hear about my child saying “Shut-up!” to another :).

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