I Think, Maybe?
Do you find that you have little expressions you say all the time but not noticed until your child(ren) start saying them too?
Bliss starts and finishes almost every statement with the clause “I think“.
I think we should have some chocolate, I think.
I think we should go to the (mu)seum today Mummy, I think.
It’s because I say things like: “I think we should go to the Museum today, maybe?” when what I mean is Let’s go to the museum today, it’ll be fun!
or “Maybe we should go and see <insert friends name>, mmm I think?” when what I mean is “We’re going to see <insert friends name> today, how exciting!”
It’s very cute but also a very bad habit!
It’s also made it clear to me the uncertainty with which I speak. I am now really conscious of how often I say and write “I think” when what I mean is “I know” or “I believe with a degree of certainty or data supporting my thesis” or “This will”. It’s a bad habit.
I find myself have to retrain both myself and Bliss to speak with more accuracy and confidence.
Edited to include “maybe” because that’s more accurate. See, I can’t even right the post with accuracy!
Has this happened to you?