Mine, not mine's

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Big Kids, Development/Milestones: Babies, Day Care & Education

Even if you never, ever swear, chances are, your kids will hear the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" soon after they enter school. That, I understand and even expected. What I didn't expect was something that is, in my opinion, far, far worse -- "mine's".

I don't know where they picked it up, but Jared and Sara have gotten into the habit of saying "mine's", as in "that's mine's!". This forces me to channel my mother the English major and correct them. "It's mine, not mine's!" With Jared, I explain that "mine" is intrinsically possessive so there is no need to add the apostrophe-s. For Sara, I just leave it at "it's mine, not mine's."

Jared is much better about it, but I'm still working on Sara. I think it's important to nip these things in the bud before they become ingrained and a permanent part of their speech habits. I'm sure there will be plenty of other grammatical errors forthcoming and I, as a card-carrying member of the grammar police, will be there to stomp them out.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.