For years I've been able to avoid the cartoon Spongebob. When you have an echolaelic kid, exposing them to shows with inappropriate language and behavior, you're guaranteed to get it back, or in my case, hear it in church!
Jake has always been able to, for lack of a medical phrase, "script appropriately". He memorizes everything he hears and plugs it into normal every day life. So he doesn't really script as in a constant run of self-talk, just pops the phrases beautifully into daily conversation.
At school, one of the rewards is getting to watch Spongebob for free time or lunch. There's goes my Spongebob strike! Suddenly the sarcasm, quit wit and teasing of SB has entered our days.
Jake's trying to figure it all out: "If I say you're a pig! Is that teasing or sarcasm?"
"Is daddy teasing right now or being sarcasm?"
I told Jake he's allowed to watch as long as I don't hear any of the disrespectful talk of Patrick, Squidward, and The Bob in my house or at church. Ha! Yeah riiiiggghhhttt.
Fast forward... this morning I handed Jake his plate of honey-wheat toast and apple for breakfast.
He enthusiastically says, "Thank you mommy, this looks delightful!"
I cracked up and made such a shocked-yelping-laugh noise, Jake in turn completely cracked up! When asked where he learned that, because everything he says comes from someone else, he said that's what Spongebob says when he gets a milkshake!
I now stand corrected.
I regretfully submit to the Spongebob!
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