My 3-Year-Old Says "Like" And It's Like Totally My Fault

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I know I should have curtailed my use of the word “like” years ago. Teachers got annoyed by it and I’m aware it sounds unprofessional to speak so colloqiually, but somehow I’ve never been able to shake it.

I can’t help it. I’m a child of the 80’s. Valley Girl is still one of my favorite movies. Youthful Nicolas Cage…swoon!

I grew up when “like” became like, a thing.  It does annoy me when people use it…like…more than a few times in once sentence, or even in a few sentences, but I barely notice it when I use it myself.

But now, I’m screwed because…

My 3 year old says it constantly.

He says it to describe things. He says it mid-sentence, as in:

“Mommy, it was like…coming apart and then it like…fell on the floor and broke.”


The cursing, I feel I can handle, because we’ve told him that it’s not okay to use it in school.  So far (fingers crossed) he hasn’t.

So, should I just chock this up to a generational flaw, and recognize that it’s not going away, or do I buckle down and really try to zap it out of all of our vocabularies? I’m just not sure it can be done, but I’d be willing to try it.

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