My Kid is a Weirdo And I Really Shouldn’t Be Surprised

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My six-year-old son was talking in Burrito again. It’s a language he created. More or less, he repeats the word, “burrito” over and over again, but with influxes in volume and tone. He ends the word a little higher when asking a question. Or he says the word down low, his face looking somber, to show disappointment. And he repeats the word quickly, at a high pitch when trying to show anger. He thinks this is hilarious.

I do not.

In fact, I find it really irritating. It was 8AM on a Saturday, and that was part of the problem. I’d just gotten up. I wasn’t in the mood to speak to Tristan in Burrito, but that didn’t matter. He was in his Skylanders underwear, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, tugging at my pants, and pointing at something he wanted, probably the candy on the top of the fridge, and saying, “burrito” over and over and over.

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“Tristan,” I said. “I’m not in the mood for this. I just got up. Tell me what you want. In English please.”

“Burrito,” he said.

“Cool,”  I said. “Then you get nothing.”

He didn’t give up. He tugged harder on my pants, almost pulling them off, repeating that stupid word, and pointing, as though I would eventually figure it out. But I didn’t figure it out, nor did I want to figure it out. It just all seemed so asinine at the time. The boy can speak. In fact, he can speak well. He can read. He can communicate his thoughts and desires when he wants to. As someone who has studied English for several years, I find this to be a valuable life skill. I want my kids to be able to express themselves fluently, and clearly. I want them to be able to express their desires and frustrations, because I think it promotes personal change and introspection. I had no idea how speaking in Burrito was going to help him think at a higher level.

The strange thing is, outside of him speaking in Burrito, which is strange by itself, is that he thinks the word “burrito” is f-ing hilarious. He won’t eat a burrito, mind you. He won’t eat anything other than ramen noodles, dinosaur-shaped meat, and mac-n-cheese. He also enjoys Lucky Charms, but he really only eats the marshmallows, so I don’t fully count that as part of his regular diet.

The most he knows about burritos is that they have been offered to him. He always looks at the burrito with terror, like it is a long dark cave. He then promptly turns it down. So I don’t fully understand where he picked up this burrito language.

I just know that it drives me nuts, and I often wonder how long it will last. How long will he speak in burrito? How long will he find this nonsensical language to be hilarious? Is he going to be that kid in high school who answers the question: What is the capital of New Mexico? with the answer, Burrito?

Will he think he is being funny, while in fact he is being offensive?

I looked down at him standing on the kitchen floor, still repeating the word burrito, and pointing, and all I wanted to do was put my hands over his mouth, not out of anger, but out of fear, because frankly, he looked a lot like I did at his age, stocky and blue-eyed, with an obnoxious dimpled grin. But most importantly, he didn’t only remind me of the way I looked at six-years-old, but also the way I acted, and the irritating things I did in the name of humor.

I crouched down, looked him square in the eyes, and said, “Tristan. I don’t want to hear the word burrito again for the rest of the day. Just tell me what you want, in English, and I will get it for you. No matter what it is. This is a free pass. Before you say anything, realize what you have here. You could ask for a box of cookies, and I would get it for you. And you could eat all of it. $100, it’s yours. All you have to do is ask in a language I can understand. Ok? Do you get what I’m saying right now?”

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“Burrito,” he said.

He followed the word with a sly smile, his face seemed to say, I don’t care what you have to offer, I’m here for my own amusement and that is priceless!

I sent him to his room.

And in that moment, I wondered if speaking in Burrito was a punishable offense. Was I overstepping my bounds as a father?

All I could think about were all the times I got mocked, pushed, and slapped around for being a weirdo. I thought about all the girls that had given me a smile that seemed to say, You’re cute. And then I spoiled the deal by making a funny face, or a fart sound with my armpit. And I wondered if he was, somehow, following in my footsteps. And I wondered if putting him in his room was going to change the poor genes I’d obviously given him.

About the writer

Clint Edwards is the author of No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog. He lives in Oregon. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Pam 1 year ago

I’m raising twin (now 11 yr. old) weirdos and lovin’ it about 99.5% of the time. The female meows. Runs around in the cold in bare feet. Likes long toe nails. Doesn’t like “girly” things. The male likes to shake his booty. And hug. While blowing away virtual soldiers in Black Ops or trolling his sister in Minecraft. He is simultaneously weirdo and typically male, so I have NO idea what to do with him.

Ginger 1 year ago

In our home the word/term ‘weirdo’ is a badge of honor. I am a weirdo, am married to a weirdo and ALL 5 of my sons are weird in one way or another. It is quite common for hubby and I to have this conversation: Me- ‘You, honey are a weirdo!’ Him- “And YOU are a weirdo liker! Nyah’ 😀 With my children at any given time, “You are so weird!” their response? “Of course! You MADE me!”

We are all weird because at any given time we tend to do things way out of the norm for most people. It could be one child running around the house in circles screaming that we need a bat signal because apparently the bats don’t know we have hordes of bugs outside just ready for the taking….it could be another of my sons holding his arms close to his sides while flapping his hands furiously with a strange grin on his face as he repeats the phrase ‘Zombie slapper for hire’ over and over….
And I have been accused of being an evil weirdo nemesis after they found out from friends, that the ‘games’ we played all over the house were actually ‘chores’ hehehehe And we have been known to play the quiet game constantly! Whom ever speaks, squeaks or causes a sound loses….they always wanna win…another ‘win’ for me… and to get them to behave? All I’ve had to do is threaten to sing ‘the song that never ends’ works EVERY time! We have learned that most of time being a weirdo is just being completely ourselves, one hundred percent without condemnation and thinking outside the box is ALWAYS more fun, challenging and rewarding.

Tracey Rediker 1 year ago

I got two norms, still trying to figure out how THAT happened

Barbara Howell Ariens 1 year ago

I have a7 yr old grandson that ha 2+ characters he slips into at his whim….sometimes I think to help deal with situations….but you have to treat/talk totally deal with him as that animal (real or mythical). When I visit I sometimes want to say “ok let’s talk normal” but what’s normal at what age . I admire his imagination,he’s a brilliant kid and I’ll keep playing along

Jenna Davis-Waite 1 year ago

Bahaha! I’d best remember this when my daughter does something random

Maggie Clingman 1 year ago

My 2 year old son is a weird little ball of anxiety and social awkwardness just like me and his 1 year old brother is just like my husband.

Mela 1 year ago

Trust when I say you’d be doing him a huge disservice by not teaching him social cues and the inappropriateness of humor at the wrong time. I know adults who were always coddled and approved of at home, only to leave the nest and land abruptly in the real world as a socially awkward outcast that most other people avoid.
Sometimes the need to teach a person how to be moderately socially acceptable trumps the risk of squelching creativity.

Hannah Elliott 1 year ago

My child meows. Randomly. Finally got him to stop doing a weird high pitched whistle every 7 minutes and it’s been replaced with an equally obnoxious cat noise.

Loren Gershon Reif 1 year ago

Our boys could should be best amigos…my 8 year old randomly shouts “I like tacos” super loud throughout the day wherever we may be. Followed by “I also like donkeys!” His vote for his summer camp team name was, you guessed it, the “Taco Donkeys” and my 4 year old twins flail their arms up and down while jumping and saying “I’m a flappy unicorn.” My boys are bananas and I 100% support their weirdness!!!!

Wanda Clark 1 year ago

Oh my god, my son speaks in “chicken thigh” over and over, he replaces words with it constantly. Even when other kids look at him funny and tease him he perseveres. I kind of love him for that.

Jordan 1 year ago

Haha too funny! My 4 year old niece has random weirdo phases. This last month she has been a dog. On hands and knees wants her water in a bowl on the floor will eat her cereal on the floor with no spoon. Picks up her toys with her teeth and brings them to you and wants you to throw them for her to fetch. Curl up in your lap and lick your face. If you say something she doesn’t like she growls at you. Yes it gets annoying but luckily she has only done it in the privacy of our home and not in public

Cal Mom 1 year ago

My daughter, who used to speak ‘Mountain,’ just graduated from the University of Chicago. She may be quirky, but she’s used it to good advantage. We need people like this!

Lawry 1 year ago

Well it seems highly common for weird we have the burrito days the meowing days the Pikachu days and he is six with a huge above average vocabulary (from his teacher)!!! Don’t worry we all resort to bribery and go to your room in a DESPERATE effort to not hear that word again!!!

Jane Armes Hammers 1 year ago

My kid is weird. But who cares. Where’s the fun in normal.

Kimberly Paradis 1 year ago

I can look back on the nutty family tree and see how strong the wierdo gene goes…and then just visit with my 3 girls and my granddaughter and know all to well that gene is a mighty strong LMAO

Alana Shaner 1 year ago

Both of my children r weird but I love them and I find them funny as hell. But sometimes it does get on my nerves and i give them tht mom look and they quit

Mara Shio Ynez 1 year ago

My 6 year old daughter still finds the word buttsteak funny. This has been going on for the last 2 years.

Burrito 1 year ago


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Rebecca Cropper 1 year ago

I can completely relate to this story. The word in our house is hamburger yet none of my kids would ever eat one. Lol.

Michelle 1 year ago

I still can’t figure out why my four-year old twins keep telling me “bah goblin!” I feel like yelling at them “WTF does than MEAN?!?!?!?!”

Kendra Fritz 1 year ago I’m not

Michelle Gillhouse 1 year ago

I’m a weirdo, I’m obnoxious… I fear the future where my kids bug the hell out of me because they can. I did that to my parents.

My son is 7… It has begun.

Rachel Lukitsh 1 year ago

Love it. My son loves the word banana and am now convinced he does it just to push my buttons. He must say “that word” 50 times a day for no reason. Nice to know I’m not alone… I guess.

Brum Varadouro 1 year ago

so he is normal, i was told to be weird was normal and to be normal didn’t really exist ………………..

Russell Alpert 1 year ago


Marsha Brown 1 year ago

No all my kids are lil weirdos. The apple never falls far from the tree lol

Bj Dowd 1 year ago

Honestly, no.

Jason Pezdic 1 year ago

It’s that damn Disney channel. Disney hates you and your children.

Kayla Marie 1 year ago

I love this.

And I completely relate to the frustration of something so simple and not seemingly or logically frustrating at all. Ah parenthood :)

Anita Erceg 1 year ago

I have two lol. My oldest one had Gary ( imaginary friend who only spoke their weird language ). I had to carry umbrella for Gary probably a year ( at the time we lived in LA ). My other one is omg I could wrote a book . I love that about my boys it’s hilarious for most part (98%)

Aspen 1 year ago

“Weirdo” is my middle name. My oldest daughter Calls me WEIRDO as soon as i make a move or say something that has no place in her intelligent mind. She’s definitely my level-headed child. Then…. I have my weirdo-dna younger flower child. She gets a kick out of “Gravity”, going into full animate details (throwing anything that she comes into contact with, up in the air to demo it fallimg to the ground) on the subject with everyone around her. Gravity and Natural Sciences is her Niche. My response to my oldest (as I sneak a peak at my little one)… “Weird is Good”!

Tami Develvis 1 year ago

I’ve got a weirdo. I am constantly grinning. Hard to be serious at times.

Joy Pining 1 year ago

Awesome kid! Be grateful for his uniqueness, spirit, & sparkle in his eye! “Weird” moments make the best stories. I have a lil “weirdo” too & I would never want him any other way.

Judy Patterson Valenta 1 year ago

Kids get fixated on words and ideas all the time…some are funny, weird, annoying and it usually depends on YOUR mood. Laugh and get silly with your kidlet…’s a great mood changer!

Arleen Caceres 1 year ago

I love “weird” kids it shows that they aren’t afraid to think outside of the box! I encourage weird!

Annika Miriam 1 year ago

Hah! One of my sons is a lot weirder than that… And I love him for it.

MJ Quibite 1 year ago

No, not really I was pretty weird myself

Alicia Adams 1 year ago

Yep, I’ve got one. Tells jokes and gets mad that the stuffed animals didn’t laugh. Lays out food to invite the ants that I’m trying to get rid of. Gotta love the awesome little weirdos! Special and brilliant at the same time!

Cynthia Aguinaga Rabjohn 1 year ago

This was the best discussion ever. I am laughing so hard right now!

Jean Alberts 1 year ago

Yes, yes….I had six weird kids, the 10 weird grandkids! Go figure, Jennifer Tullius-Feldner and Jennifer Keegan lol and a weird brother Rick Pfeiffer lol

Stephany Castillo 1 year ago

My 6-year-old speaks dog. He insists he is a puppy and only replies in “Arf”. He whines like a small puppy too. He also likes to speak in a made up language that sounds like a cross between Spanish and Japanese. I keep reminding myself that these are the signs of a truly gifted child…lol.
I agree with other posters, that sounds like Teen Titans Go, “Waffles” episode. I sometimes find myself singing “Waffles Waffles waffles”, for no reason at all. It’s kind of fun. My poor boys are doomed.

Lara S. 1 year ago

My 5.5 year old and I can speak “Meow” to each other. Try speaking Burrito and you might actually figure out what he’s saying (sounds weird but it kinda works). Seriously – I was ready to give my kid away until I tried just imitating him and suddenly it was a new game between the two of us. Plus, it made “Meow” much less annoying to me and much less fun for him because he was no longer pushing mommy’s buttons.

Adena Ben-Dov Lubelchek 1 year ago

Haha! That’s my favorite mommy blog! I believe all Lubelchek boys/men speak in “burrito!”

Clint Edwards 1 year ago

Hey, all! I’m the author of this essay. I am really happy to know that I am not alone in all this. My son is brilliant, wonderful, and strange. But I think most kids his age are that way. Anyway, I blog at Please check me out.

Cheryl Morien Morency 1 year ago

Growing up, my sister’s favorite phrase was “it’s boring to be normal”!

Lisa Marie Timpanaro 1 year ago

My daughter talks to herself a lot and my four yr old whispers after he says something like brick from the middle. It’s just kids being kids :) my middle son mumbles a lot reminds me of that stapler dude from office space haha

sarah 1 year ago

My now 6 year old step son who was 5 at the time when thru a spell when his word was taco. Drove me nuts but it got embarrassing when his father and i were dealing with children and families to get full custody and one of the social workers asked him did he want to tell her anything or as questions and he looks at her and says “you’re a taco” that word was banned from his vocabulary that night and i dont think he said it again. On the up side tho we do have full custody now in spite of that lol

Vicki ‘Smith’ Frakes 1 year ago

My 8 year old daughter will get angry at times and call someone or something a “Bad Bean”. Haha. I think it’s important to understand that a child is going to be a child. I don’t think it makes them “weird” infact I absolutely hate all of these “medical conditions” ADD ADHD ect.. Kids aren’t supposed to think like adults. They are supposed to be goofy, loud, gigglie, and have a sgort attention span. If everyone is different then how could anyone be weird? Loved the story. Just my thoughts on the matter, as a mother who is smelling what your selling here:)

Jocelyn Maltone Babb 1 year ago

Laughing. So “him”

Michelle Byrd 1 year ago

You’d think mine was raised by dogs. He sometimes prefers to be one. sigh.

Carey Walsh 1 year ago

The most quoted phrase in our house is, ‘WEIRD IS……WONDERFUL!’ Mine TOTALLY get it from me, and I am so glad!

Phoenix Fourleaf 1 year ago

Weird is good. Normal people are scary.

Kristina Paulina 1 year ago

My mom is weird, I’m weird, and now my son is weird. We know no other way!

Cindy Bryant 1 year ago

My son does Banana at odd times. And barks randomly. We don’t have a dog. He really wants one. My other son will do power ranger moves randomly. Complete with accurate wording for the different rangers, different seasons too. Yep they are weird. But I am weird too.

Eduardo Fernandez Medina 1 year ago

My 5-year-old son has been placed in the high functioning side of “the autistic spectrum” by “the experts” for similar behaviors as the ones described here. That’s the scientific name for weirdos these days. He has been labeled by the system.

Allison Underwood 1 year ago

I love my two little weirdos, and I love that they’re weirdos :)

Cyndi Anderson 1 year ago

I’m weird so I expect nothing less from my kids. Lol.

Dayna Mattis 1 year ago

is he autistic ? my son is on the spectrum and is very high functioning but, can be the biggest weirdo (just like me) ! and don’t take my question as an insult please, it’s not meant to be ! :)

I’m a weirdo too 1 year ago

I loved this post! Hysterical, I have two adorable weirdos that I prefer to call dorks that came from two dorky parents, but we all have fun and there is a lot if laughter. Thanks for making me smile and here’s one from my dd, Taco, Taco, Burrito, Nacho!

Amanda Jane Saggers 1 year ago

My sister and I say this about my 3 year old son all the time, he’s a absolute nutter lol then we look at ourselves and think could he be anything less then nuts lol. Nicole Ridge-Cooke

Mikki 1 year ago

My family is made up of weirdos in the best sense of the word. My brother is by far the weirdest of all of us, and he’s grown up to be a fairly successful artist (he struggled a bit though) and while he was teased in elementary school, he was looked up to in highschool and university. My own daughter has some weirdo moments, definitely has languages she likes to try out, and I will encourage it every step of the way. She’s a unique individual, and I love that about her.

An Le-Be 1 year ago

My daughter does this, and neither of her parents ever have, or will ever understand what she is on about so often. Story of or lives together. But hereditary… nah. We’re probably weird, too, but in different ways.

Marilyn Rauch Cavicchia 1 year ago

“never had,” not never-ending. Stupid auto correct.

Marilyn Rauch Cavicchia 1 year ago

My 9-year-old is weird beyond belief. She also has confidence and backbone that I never-ending had. She is able to rally other kids (even the most normal ones) into her world of weirdness. Sometimes I’m tempted to tell her to dial back the weirdness at school for increased social success. But I bite my tongue and then she comes home and tells me that a bunch of kids joined her latest weird club. I think it’s because she adds variety to their typical public school day of academic cramming. I think weirdos who are able to reach out to others will rule the world. At home, we do sometimes request a dial-back on the weirdness at inopportune times. If it’s driving you nuts, it’s definitely best to respectfully say so before you’re at your breaking point.

Kristi Theriot Guillory 1 year ago

I kid you not, as I was reading this my 9 year old started singing a song with only the word “waffles” in place of the real words

mj 1 year ago

this is the saddest thing i’ve ever read – my kid’s a weirdo too – and we often have the “time & place, and momma needs her coffee first” conversation. and dad has NO CLUE what to do with either of us when the weird gets rolling.
maybe instead of letting your own insecurities & fears about your own experiences, you can use that information to teach him about how to handle other people’s reactions to his nonconformity? when he’s not speaking burrito, of course.
normalcy is highly overrated.

signed – a proud adult weirdo.

Sheyann Barger 1 year ago

Yes, I am surprised, he’s adopted. But, then again, I believe in nature vs. nurture, so I’m still sure he picked up the weirdness from me. :)

Susie Montz Renko 1 year ago

My 9yo daughter speaks banana. She does like eating bananas. She was a banana for Halloween, begged for banana earrings, and her favorite clothing item is a boy’s gray tee shirt with a Minion hugging a bunch of bananas. She got bullied this year for being a weirdo, but I’ve raised my kids to believe that weird is good and was so proud of her when she told me she wasn’t going to change herself so someone else would like her.

Traci Dunn Martin 1 year ago

What is it with mexican foods? My kids randomly yell “enchilada” then laugh hysterically. One time they made up a chimichanga song as well. And of course they won’t eat anything remotely like that.

Bryna Darling 1 year ago

Yep….that’s my 10 year old. He’s endlessly amused by himself.

Ashley 1 year ago

So my take on this and something I have used with my own son, who yes is just as weird as me, is do it back…. Start talking in Burrito to him at appropriate times and talk when it is appropriate, not only will get to see why its so amusing but these phases usually end when us “not cool” parents start partaking in it 😉

RedinNC 1 year ago

My DS (8 yo) does this, but usually after bedtime when he does not want to go to bed. It’s a stalling tactic. We have some variant of this conversation often:
Me: Got to bed, now.
Him: Flip flap. (Or some other nonsense word.)
Me: What?
Him: Flip flap.
Me: That’s nice. Go to bed.
Him: MOMMY. FLIP FLAP. (He is getting angry at me for not “understanding” him.)
Me: What’s flip flap?
Him: FLIP FLAP!! You never understand me! FLIP FLAP!
So. Freaking. Annoying.

Mary E. Mayberry 1 year ago

I asked my daughter once:
“Do you think I’m weird?”
She said: “Yes. I like it.”
Then she asked: “Am I weird?”
I told her “Yes. I like it, too.

Biggest smile ever.

Jo O’Hare 1 year ago

My eldest is 17,she has adhd but mastered her temper :) .everyday is a mix of slapstick comedy (shes very clumsy) and odd but hilarious noises,the odd mock slanging match and i get flopped on alot even though shes my height now haha.wouldnt change her :)

Missy 1 year ago

He may have gotten they from teen titans go. I know they speak waffle,similar to burrito,but they only say waffle. They also have an episode dedicated to burritos.

Michelle Rojas Shuman 1 year ago

My son snorts like a pig at random intervals. On Sunday during sacrament he did just that…and since it was somewhat quiet everyone heard him.

Krystal Ramos Barnes 1 year ago

And I wouldn’t want it any other way 😉

Jo O’Hare 1 year ago

My son is a goon 😀

Deirbhille McClure Milloy 1 year ago

I love my three little weirdos!!

Nikki Michaelov 1 year ago

This makes me smile !! My 5 year old is defenetely weird…he has his own language his own beliefs and I love it !!! He’s just like I was he’s curious and loud and hilarious !! But sometimes he drives me crazy but I still love him !! Guacomole is his favorite word and like the poster he has never had or will ever try it …he’s as picky as they come !!

No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog 1 year ago

Hey, all! I’m the author of this essay. Really happy to know that you all enjoyed it. Feels good to know that I am not alone. My son really is amazing and hilarious. But sometimes he is just strange. I love him for it.

Charissa Hobbs 1 year ago

my daughter speaks ‘kitty’ drives me nuts too, but sometimes i talk kitty back to her and it makes her so happy :-) sometimes parents just need to be silly and weird with their kiddos, instead of annoyed.

Sabrina 1 year ago

This is my seven-year-old daughter, but the word is “elastic”. It can be maddening at times, but I’ve learned to ignore it. She doesn’t get it from me, I was pretty average and boring as a kid. My husband, on the other hand, was quite similar to her and it panics him because he didn’t have very many friends. My daughter has issues with keeping friends because she tends to annoy other kids after awhile. I think part of it is that she’s very bright (and based on what you said about your son, he sounds like he is too) and she gets bored easily. I have the “do not be a weirdo until after I have my coffee and cereal” rule, which she respects. She does love having a baby sister because she finally gets to be as weird as she wants to keep the baby happy (who thinks it’s hilarious).

Jennifer 1 year ago

Let’s admit it, they are apples and they fell off our trees. I proudly take credit for my kiddos personality quirks – ADHD, OCD, and a whole host of other fun traits.

Meh 1 year ago

My kid meows. Constantly. All.the.time. She wants to be addressed as cat, baby cat, kitty, or princess kitty cat.

And the meow is not some sweet cute little thing. It is loud, obnoxious and awful. She does it everywhere, To everyone. She does it instead of speaking, in addition to speaking and a lot just to make noise and hear herself meow. I sure am glad she was put in the “kitty room” in school. Ugh!

We are at 1.5 years and counting on the meowing.

As for being weird, well, I am glad if my kids are a bit weird. Weird kids make the smart, successful, interesting adults. I have friends who were normal kids. They’re boring. They’re not sure what their life is missing. They’re not particularly passionate about anything. And to me they are SO weird!

Us weird kids, we have stories to tell. We have passions and interests that we are not afraid to take to the limits. We aren’t afraid to try new things. We don’t let things hold us back – because not much is harder than being the weird kid was.

Jo O’Hare 1 year ago

My children are odd but when you take a look at their mother it becomes more than apparent where they get it from.however my 9 year old daughter is strange,shes one of a kind and i call her my little fae baby,she was born on midsummers day after all :) .i love her weirdness,her other-worldly qualities and her individuality .shes smart,funny and such a cuddle bug but other children dont :( .shes not bullied as such but ignored,ive seen them look right through her like shes invisible or they run away from her.shes asked me this morning if she was fat and ugly (shes blonde,blue eyed and tanned all the time,her features make her look like a little pixie girl),i was horrified and we spoke for a while on the way to school and i hope it sinks in.all i could think of is that i understood how she felt :/ .i will still encourage her to be herself and love herself and the right friends will love her as well but its hard to see her enter/leave school with that look on her face….sorry had to share and it seems like the right place,thank you :) .

Bonnie Klein 1 year ago

Yes I have one of these – no I am not surprised 😮

Dolce Vita 1 year ago

I embrace my daughters “weirdness” wholeheartedly, she has years upon years to decide whether or not this stage really suits her. At 6 years old I just let her be :)

Anissa Eaton 1 year ago

My youngest would “meow” like a cat when ever anyone she didn’t know well spoke to her.

Kelly Probst 1 year ago

I say let their freak flag fly!!! Mine weirdos also and I love it and them for being themselves! Speaking is over rates when you can repeat burrito or in my house brachiosaurus 1000 time!!!

Stephanie Ann Bennett 1 year ago

My nephew’s word was pinto bean. Then he graduated to the phrase “chicken on my chicken.” I thought for sure we would all go crazy before the craziness ended. Now, my 3 year old likes to randomly say “poop” and my 2 year old has his own language “chee-wah” and “yeah yeahs.” I have determined that “yeah yeahs” are sunglasses. That took a while. And the madness continues…

Joyce Watts Little 1 year ago

Courtney which child are you calling weird???????

Autumn Jones 1 year ago

Does he watch Teen Titans Go! by any chance? There was an episode where Beast Boy and Cyclops could only speak in “waffles.” They’re also big fans of burritos, lol

Linda Kendall-Thompson 1 year ago


Beth Gilliland 1 year ago

This article makes me feel better. My 4 yr old also speaks in jibberish; eventhough he can actually out talk me in english. I think doing so gives him amusement; which at the same time can be not so amusing for me. Either at home or in public, I never know when he decides to change his verbal communication.

Cynthia Aguinaga Rabjohn 1 year ago

I dont feel all alone anymore. My 6 year old daughter has been barking at people since she was 3. Now that she is 6, she speaks “cat”. No words. Just alot of meowing. :)

Mary 1 year ago

Aww hon… First… LOL that’s funny. He’s found a way to express himself that drives everyone nuts. That’s the life goal and ambition of most 6yo’s. And, he’s trying to be funny more than obnoxious… He’s trying to provoke a response, but not *hurt* someone… He’s discovering the power of the spoken language, and that IS high reasoning for a 6yo. Essentially… your kid isn’t “just” a weirdo- he’s extremely intelligent.

Knowing all that doesn’t make it less annoying at times, and you’re doing a good thing by teaching him that humor isn’t always appropriate. He needs to learn boundaries and social skills as well as acceptance and love. You’re a good dad and your kid is going to be just fine. Sure, he might get himself into some awkward situations from time to time, but he’ll learn from them. That’s what kids do- mess up and learn. And someday, you can laugh with him over “burrito”… the way I laugh with my son over “Actually…” (which was his favorite word at 6.)

Jennifer Ford 1 year ago

So funny

Jeanette Norris Freshley 1 year ago

Told you! Lol!

Marie Eber 1 year ago

Not really

Wendy Warren 1 year ago

I’ve just stumbled onto Scary Mommy a few days ago and I love it! This totally reminds me of my 9 year old son, he is incredibly bright, but so very annoyingly odd. I know that my mother’s words ‘You’ll pay for your raising.’ have finally came true, but thank goodness I can laugh about it more often than wanting to run away.

Sara Smith 1 year ago

Hahaha – love it…I call my son a weirdo quite often to which he replies “you’re a weirdo Mommy” and my response is always “yes sir you are correct”

Candy Kiss 1 year ago

As a teacher I say…Keep Fostering That Imagination!

Samantha 1 year ago

Don’t worry, I know at least two out of my three kids are weirdos. My oldest, six, doesn’t want to be any stereotypical thing when he grows up, nope he wants to be “a scientist of the stars” and had asked for a telescope for his 6th birthday…he got it three months early at Christmas. How could we say no? My almost three year old, when asked what she wanted for her birthday a bunch of toys? Nope! A candle….yep a candle. She is also the one who would bark at you for no reason…I still have hope for normalcy with the baby, but let’s face it, my husband and I aren’t truly normal and somehow we raised an odd cat she is doomed too. But atleast we know, and they know, that their oddities will be accepted at home!

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Kelli Miller 1 year ago

I totally get this. My son (9), is a grade A weirdo and he gets it from me. And while I embrace the weirdness 98% of the time, sometimes it gets on my nerves. I don’t think teaching your little weirdo that there’s a time and place for their weirdness is going to discourage their creativity or squelch their uniqueness.

Trish Hammons 1 year ago

This was hilarious!

Mandy Engelbrecht 1 year ago

yeah handed on the same kind of genes to my son

April Stone-Robinson 1 year ago

My daughter is a complete goofball who’s constantly smiling and laughing! Mind you she’s 2.5! No tantrums just pure joy!!! She gets it from her Mommy; )

Katherine A Hodges 1 year ago

My kid is a weirdo. Her best friends are a finger named Gary and a palm named finger. And she speaks to them, sometimes in Japanese. I’m definitely not one to squelch her creativity. I’m proud of my weirdo.

Laura Smith 1 year ago

My son does this too. Same word. I think he got it from Teen Titans Go. We had basically the same interaction over it. He also likes to make up codes for me that I never remember. Today hot dog will mean yes and hamburger will mean no.


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