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Dandelion CLOCK

Just a bit of advance warning – this post contains much swearing. Unintentional swearing, but swearing all the same. I bet you are now wondering how a post about a dandelion clock could produce such fruity language. Well, read on and I shall explain…

My daughter embarrassed the hell out of me yesterday. My sweet ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ little girl. She’s turning Three next week and, in comparison to other kiddies her age, her speech is a little delayed, but over the last month it has come along in leaps and bounds. She will now have a proper, albeit short, conversation with you, and jabbers away to herself quite happily all day long. It’s as if she has finally found her voice.

Of course, as all toddlers do, she occasionally gets her words mixed up, or replaces one letter for another. M was the same – one of his favourites was to replace T with F. Which, when he was talking about a ‘big truck’ would end up with me giggling under my breath. It was kinda cute.

But now G is doing something similar. She gets letters mixed up or, like yesterday, misses certain letters out all together.

One of her favourite things when we do the school run in the morning is to pick daisies and dandelions. A few days ago she saw a dandelion clock for the first time and she was completely mesmerised by them. So now when we do the school run she is forever searching for another dandelion clock. Just like she was yesterday.

Unfortunately clock is one of those words where she misses out a letter. So, there we were walking from the car to the school gates and she decides to let me know that she wants a dandelion clock – except this is what she actually said:

“I want cock! I want cock!” over and over again, each time just a little louder than before. She did ramp it up at one point by saying “I want a dandy cock!” instead.

I, of course, wanted the world to swallow me whole. I would have tried to shush her, but she’s not one for being shushed! And of course, the one time I really wanted to find a bloody dandelion clock there were none to be seen!


Ahh, kiddies. Out of the mouth of babes, and all that jazz, hey?!! What’s the funniest thing your kiddies have come out with? xxx



    • Catherine
      17th May 2016 / 1:40 pm

      I’m not taking her anywhere near Big Ben until she can speak properly! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  1. 13th May 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Lol that’s brilliant. So funny when kids come out with something innocent that sounds a bit rude. My eldest used to say “fug” instead of frog which sounded very rude! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catherine
      17th May 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Haha! Yep, Fug is one for us too – mainly when she’s watching Clangers at the moment and she sees the Flying Froglets (Flying Fuglets!) xxx

  2. 17th May 2016 / 10:45 am

    Too funny! Toddlers and preschoolers are amazing at turning a tranquil moment into a completely embarrassing one! My son and I were out walking around the neighbourhood one day when he was two. (He is eleven now but this one was so mortifying that I remember it and cringe to this day.) A lovely Sudanese family had just moved in to our street and on this day we met them for the first time. It was also the first time my little fella had seen anyone with such beautiful, radiant skin as theirs. As I shook hands with my new neighbour, my son exclaimed, ” you look like a chocolate biscuit!” NOW I KNOW my son was giving the highest compliment here – he adores chocolate biscuits! But I too, wanted the ground to swallow me whole. Luckily, our new neighbours gave a big, radiant laugh, shook hands with my little one, and invited us in. Phew!

    • Catherine
      17th May 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Oh my gosh, how embarrassing! I’m so pleased your neighbours were cool about it! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  3. 18th May 2016 / 8:22 pm

    We had the exact same problem – and it really is embarrassing! Luckily we were in a near empty park at the time. Hehe. Also, how cute is that photo? Adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catherine
      25th May 2016 / 6:50 am

      Phew! So glad it’s not just me! Xxx

  4. 20th May 2016 / 11:36 am

    Oh dear, at least I can get away with alot if what my children say because it is in English and we are surrounded by Germans. The eldest though used to pronounce”fork” as “fok”, which of course even the Germans understood as something else.

    • Catherine
      25th May 2016 / 6:48 am

      Haha, yeah I imagine ‘fok’ is universally understood! Xxx

  5. 1st June 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Oooooops ha ha ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love this age and all the things they say wrong. Mine crack me up at the moment!!!! xx

    • Catherine
      2nd June 2016 / 7:01 am

      It’s such a brilliant age, isn’t it! Xxx

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