Test of English as a Funny Language

Young English learners often make amusing grammatical errors. And when these are shot from the mouth of a four-year-old, they sure leave you in splits. Sample some –

Kiddo: Mamma, what does the tailor do in the blouse? 
Mamma: Ahem!

Kiddo: Mamma, let’s go to she’s house!!! 
Mamma: Huh!! (Mamma finally cracks it – He – His; She – She’s!!!)

Kiddo: Mamma, I am vamming…
Mamma: Vamming, what is that?
Kiddo: Arrey, exercising in Marathi!!!
(He meant vyayam – meaning exercise in Marathi/Hindi)

Here’s the Case of Curious Kids

Kiddo: Mamma, do all babies come from the stomach?
Mamma: Yes, son
Kiddo: So, did I also come from the stomach?
Mamma: Yes, son
Kiddo: So, will a baby come from my stomach too?
Mamma: No darling… Babies only come from girls’ stomachs…
Kiddo: So, will babies come out from the stomach of all girls in my class…
Mamma: Ahem, yes son one day they will…
Kiddo: Hurray! Then I will get to play with so many babies at one time…

Kiddo: Mamma, we are herbivores or carnivores?
Mamma: We are omnivores, baccha…
Kiddo: Huh? What does that mean?
Mamma: Means, we eat both chicken and vegetables…
Kiddo: Yayyyyy… I am omnivore… I am omnivore… I am omnivore…

When He Googled 'Cars'...

This is a true incident that a colleague in office narrated a few days back. Her ten-year-old son was surfing the internet for a school project on her office laptop that she had taken home over the weekend.
After finishing his work, the boy who loves automobiles googled ‘cars’. Not satisfied with the images of the cartoon cars he got on the first page of search, the boy googled ‘hot cars’ thinking it would lead him to latest, more sophisticated cars.

'Cars' throws up kiddie stuff, 'hot cars' overly mature images!!!
 The term ‘hot cars’ threw up images of latest and most modern cars in the search. However, it also threw images of semi-clad women leaning sensuously on posh, foreign cars. Attracted to the images (of cars I assume), the young boy clicked on few of the images to land on their respective sites. These car sites which obviously have a huge male user base use not so modestly dressed women to attract this base. One of the sites even had several pop-ups that lead to adult, pornographic sites.
As luck may have it, my colleague entered the room at the very time these pop-ups were causing havoc on the screen. She exclaimed and immediately raged at her young son giving a lesson in morals not knowing the complete truth. The boy stunned and embarrassed immediately ran to his room. Shocked and appalled, my colleague quickly closed all the pop-ups and windows and decided to give the lad a piece of her mind. However, before doing so she decided to check his surfing history to know which sites he had exactly visited. That was when the story unfolded. The kid had googled cars, car wallpapers and car stickers. Unable to get a satisfactory image, he went on to select ‘hot cars’ from Google Suggestions and thus eventually landed up sites that were not suited for his age.
Sorry for screaming at the young boy for no fault of his, she went up to him and apologized for her harsh reaction. The boy who was more embarrassed than hurt listened as his mother spoke.
Being an evolved internet user, my colleague changed the privacy and content settings on her office laptop and her home computer to make sure that such incidents are avoided in the future. She even read up the internet to pick tips on cyber safety.
Here are some good resources that we shortlisted -
Google's recommendations for parents on how to secure family computers. 
Google's tools to keep children safe while researching online
A compilation of websites and resources for parents of Indian children.
Tips to keep your child safe while online
FBI's advice to parents on how to secure children from online predators

As parents, we must remember that adolescents will be adolescents. Their curiosity of the world beyond their family, friends, school and community will lead them to explore. They will sometimes stumble upon the good and a lot of times upon bad and the worst. As parents, we must shield them from the worst and prepare them to face the bad. 

Funny Baby Products

It's a mad, mad mad world. And crazy too! While surfing the internet I came across an interesting blogpost on wacky laws for children. This lead to googling a li'l more about wacky inventions and I stumbled upon the website of the Oracle ThinkQuest Foundation.
The site lists America's Goofiest Patents and totally absurd inventions. Some of the inventions are outright funny. Some useful but a bit dangerous. Some stupid and some plain non-sense. Thank god, these are purely patents and no geniuses have yet manufactured and sold them as baby products! I picked up three of the several listed that I most liked/laughed at. Mind you, the images here are actual patent illustrations and not artists' representation! Copyright for the info and images is with T.VanCleave

Baby Patter - This is a motorized hand that pats the baby to sleep incase he/she wakes up at night disturbing the parents' sleep.
Imagine your baby wakes up at night to find a hand and not you patting him!!!

Baby Cage - An oval shaped dome that will take an adult's weight and make sure you don't accidentally sleep on your baby!!!

Caging your junior so that you don't run him over! Yucks!!!

Diaper Changer - A flat plank, a torso barrier and feet clinger to make sure your baby can't move while you change diapers.
Arrest the li'l one to make sure diaper changing is not an ordeal!

How to establish a daily routine for your kids

As working parents we often struggle with trying to fit children and their needs in our hectic schedules. We want our children to wake up in time so that we are not late for work. We want them to sleep on time so that we can finish chores and spend some time with each other.
But how ready are our children to fit into our schedules? I found this video by a parenting expert on the topic. Thought you all would like it too... Video Link   

Flexible schedule is key to keeping working moms on the job

A large number of mothers who return to work after childbirth subsequently leave the labor force. What factors influence such decisions? It is merely lack of support or are there more factors?
A study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, tells more...
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