Rhymes with Duck

Samantha is obsessed with rhyming.  She has been for quite some time.  But until recently, she didn’t get it.

We spent many hours listening to her try to rhyme.  We’d try to explain it, but it just wasn’t clicking.

“Red, red, that rhymes!” she’d say.

“No, they’re the same word.”

“But they rhyme!”

“No, they’re the same. Red and fed rhymes. Red and red are the same.”

“But they rhyme!”

“Fine. They rhyme.”

Then she progressed to making up words that rhymed. She got stuck on orange.  Every time she tried to rhyme, she’d pick the word orange.

“Orange and borange! They rhyme!” she’d say.

“Borange isn’t a word. It sounds the same, but it’s not a word.”

“Yes it is.”

“No, it’s not a word.”

“Then what rhymes with orange?”

“Nothing rhymes with orange.”

“Borange does.”

*head explodes*

But now, now she gets it for real.  And the rhymes just keep coming.  But, like orange, she has glommed onto her favorite word to rhyme.  Duck. There are a lot of words that rhyme with duck.  It’s a good word to rhyme with.  Except the one.  You kind of don’t want your four year old using that word. Even when they’re just rhyming and when they don’t know it’s a bad word.

But she does. And I don’t know what to do about it. The first time was kind of funny.  Sean and I snickered about it.  We thought, just ignore it.  Surely she won’t do it often. I mean, really, how often do you just sit around rhyming words with duck.

Turns out, when you’re four, a lot. Especially when you realize it rhymes with a lot of things, so it’s easy to rhyme.

I’ve tried getting her hooked on a new favorite word, like cat. Cat’s good. Try cat.  But she tires of it and goes back to duck.

Yesterday, we were in the grocery store and she was rhyming again. Loudly. Luckily, it was early and there wasn’t anyone around to judge me as my four year old dropped the f-bomb loudly.  I shushed her, but still.

So what do I do?  Continue to ignore it? Hope she does it at school and one of her teachers corrects her? Tell her it’s a bad word and then have to figure out what to tell her when she asks why? (She’s four, she’ll ask why. And she’s not going to be satisfied with because it is.)

Have you dealt with this? What did you do? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated before I have to get her tattooed and pretend she’s a sailor.

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  1. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    My 3 yo has been using the F word for some time. And of course it’s my fault. We keep explaining that it’s not a word for little girls. I may have also said that they would send her home from preschool for saying it.
    As for rhyming- we keep challenging the girls with new words.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      I’ll have to keep trying new words. I guess I’m going to have to explain it to her. I was hoping it would just go away. She’s kind of sensitive and I know there’s going to be crying when I tell her.

  2. Grace @ Arms Wide Open
    Twitter: ourarmswideopen


    I guess I’m lucky that my 2.5 year old doesn’t say a whole lot. Not looking forward to the conversations to come! Ha!

  3. E. RaMona
    Twitter: iamErnee

    Wow, first off, I love the commentary with your determined 4yo.

    I would probably explain that it’s a bad word….then proceed to tell her why. My five year old once used the A word and she didn’t think it was a bad word, I explained to her that it was a “potty” word, and those words don’t belong in our mouths.

  4. Jessica Anne says:

    That’s a good way to explain it, potty word, I like that. Thanks!

  5. Leslie
    Twitter: crunchybetty

    Effing hilarious. Literally.

    I don’t know the answer, except that if you make a big deal out of it, it might give her a complex.

    Of all the curse words she could choose to rhyme, that one’s a DOOZY. But maybe just be glad she’s not rhyming with “punt”?

  6. Jessica Anne says:

    Ha! Punt. :) It’s hard because I don’t think she even realizes it’s a word. She still does nonsense words like boarnge too. She thinks it’s funny, so I don’t want to teach her that not only is it a word, but it’s a naughty word that gets a reaction from Mommy.

  7. Victoria KP says:

    That made me laugh out loud. I would try to not make to big a deal out of it–although I’m sure that won’t be easy.

    On the bright side, it means your daughter is developing something called phonemic awareness which is one of the best indicators that she will be reading early. My sister writes a blog for parents of emerging readers and she has a post that deals with rhyming. You might find it interesting: http://becomingareader.blogspot.com/2010/11/what-is-phonemic-awareness.html