I’ve noticed that kids talk like their parents do. That involves dialect, slang, word patterns, etc. I saw some kids on TV the other day that curse like sailors, and people were surprised. Hello? Where do you think they got it?
Parents learn to talk like their kids sometimes too. We want our girls to say things like "Excuse me" and "Thank you" and "Please", so we’ve worked hard at doing it ourselves. And we try to use these words when talking to the girls. When Molly’s talking, and I interrupt, I apologize, and let her know it was rude of me. Toddler words tend to creep in too. When Molly was 1, winter was coming on, and one day when we went out, she said "It kin’a chiwwy out!", and we laughed and have said it ever since.
Anomolies can creep in though. There’s one in our family, and I can’t figure out how it happened. When I tell the girls to get dresses for bed, I tell them to put on their "pih-JAM-uhs". They call them "puh-JAH-muhs". It’s a farily common way to say it, but with all the years we’ve been saying it one way, why have they grown into another?