“She don’t like that.” Or, “where’d you put them chips at?”
It makes me shudder when I hear it. What do you do when your kids are around people who slaughter the English language and it rubs off on them?
Now, I’m NOT perfect. Not by a long shot. But, I do make an effort to use correct grammar. It may not always be right, but I do try. (We’re not talking about sentence structure, by the way.)
My five- and seven-year-old do well for the most part. Just the occasional correction. My three-year-old has a problem with saying “them” instead of “they." She’s pretty spot-on otherwise. In fact, she can be a little too big for her britches sometimes.
But getting back to contagious bad grammar, my kids pick up that stuff. Do you correct them, the kids, in front of the person who slices and dices the words coming out of their mouth? I have, discreetly though. I kinda hate to, but I want my kids to learn the correct usage.
I’m not talking about Southern slang or anything like that. I certainly don’t want to be rude. But dang, what’s a mom to do?
Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here Thursdays.