There has never been a doubt in my mind that my son would behave and speak like his friends. I remember trying to emulate certain people growing up. Everyone does it and its part of the process of learning how you are and how you fit in the world.
I just didn’t realize that this behavior begins so early. Already I’m seeing parrot like reflexes from my child. I’m pretty lucky that the majority of the kids in his preschool are really well behaved and his best friend in school is one of the sweetest boys. Unfortunately, there are a couple of the girls in his class that have that oh-so-typical sassy attitude.
So my son has started saying things like “Can you please just leave me alone?” (There are other little phrases but I just can’t remember them off the top of my head). As long as I keep everything in perspective, its quite comical. Usually I can figure out which of his friends said what he is saying and then it makes me laugh a little bit.
All in all, the behavior is not bad, just atypical of my sweet little boy. But it is also a reminder that with each passing day, my little boy grows older and before I know it he’s going to be asking me for the keys to his car to go hang out with his friends.