"Duh! Of course I'll be careful!" Sabrina says to me. I'm in bed and she's about to go make egg-in-a-hole for breakfast, with Dave's supervision.
I don't love it when she says "Duh!" to me but she's generally a great, respectful kid, so I never call her on it.
It occurs to me that Max doesn't know to say "Duh!" And while I don't want two kids in the house duh-ing me, it seems like a phrase most tweens and teens have in their repertoire and why shouldn't he? It could come in handy around peers. Last year his teacher taught him to say "OMG!" and it's been awesome to hear him use it appropriately.
Also: The letter "D" is a hard one for Max to articulate, and trying to say "Duh!" would be good practice.
"Max, can you say 'Duh?'" I ask, using the proper obnoxious inflection.
"Uh!" he says, happily.
"No, you have to say it like you know something is true but the other person doesn't—DUH!" I say. "Duuuuuh!"
"Uh, uh, uh!" he says, smiling. Nope.
"OK, Max, this is how it works," I explain, using the best example I can think of for him. "If someone says 'Max, do you like firefighters?' when you are wearing your Fireman Max shirt and firefighter hat, you could say, 'Duh!' It's kind of like saying 'Yes' but it's funnier. Only you shouldn't use it with a teacher or therapists, it's just for being silly."
"Uh!" Max says, happily. Nope.
After we eat breakfast, we make smoothies. Max points to the blender as Sabrina is whipping one up for him.
"Uts?" he asks (one of my favorite words ever). He's asking if there are nuts in there, because he's allergic.
"Duh, Max! There are no nuts! I know you're allergic," she says.
"UH!" Max says, happily. Nope.
And now, I am on a mission.
"No, it's 'duh!'" I say and Sabrina shoots me a seriously weird look.
That afternoon, when my brother-in-law is visiting, he remarks, "It's getting cold outside!"
I whisper to Max, "Say, 'Duh! It's winter!'"
Max just says "UH!" and he hasn't said it with attitude but my brother-in-law gets it and smirks at him. I crack up.
I know: I'm teaching Max a word most parents wish their kids would un-learn. But then, I want to enable Max in any way I can, whether it's helping his body move better, helping him learn better, helping him speak better or helping him develop some age-appropriate attitude.
You can bet, however, I will not be showing him how to do the eye roll.