Ever wonder how frequently we use sarcasm in our speech. Its so habitual that you forget who you are talking to. Meera (my 4 year old niece) & Avani (my 15 month old daughter) are frequently at receiving ends from their respective mothers. Sample this:
- When she refuses to eat - Khana mat kha! phir pet nahi dukhega to kya
- When she skipped her day naps - Tu so mat! aur phir rotey baith
- When she's throwing things - Wo tod de tu!
- When she's rolling on the floor - Aur poch le purey jameen ko apne kapdo se!
If I were hearing this as a child, it would be really confusing to understand why I am being shouted at, when I am doing exactly what I am told:
- Don't eat your food
- Don't sleep
- Break that
- Roll on the floor
This is really funny to observer and I guess a bit damaging - depending on how your child takes it. I think its just better to make it very clear on what you expect from your kid rather than getting frustrated and resorting to sarcastic language. Some food for thought...