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What To Do If Your Kids Start Sounding or Acting Like Minions
With the new Minions: Rise of Gru movie coming out, kids might pick up a few things from them.
Minions are cute to look at. They look like little potatoes with goggles, a jumpsuit, arms, and legs. But the cute factor might eventually fade when kids start communicating or behaving like them. Since Minions have a tendency to mix languages, it won’t be a surprise they might be doing the same. Here are some things you can do if they start acting like Minions.
1. Remind them to use their words.
Minions, probably from traveling all over the world, have learned different languages. Because of this, they have a tendency to mix up their languages. However, they tend to get frustrated easily which leads them to exaggerate a few things. While Gru appears to understand them, we won’t understand our kids when they babble. Remind them that they have words and being a big kid means they know how to put sentences together.
2. Reinforce that “no” means “no”.
Unfortunately, the Minions know how to do the puppy dog eyes—which is why Gru and Dr. Nefario gave in to keeping them. Sure, it’s going to be hard to resist our kids when they start doing that but remember the reason why we’re saying no to what they’re asking for. If the no is reasonable then, it’ll be slightly easier to hold on to that “no”.
3. Don’t just give kids bananas willy-nilly.
What Minions love to eat are bananas and they are healthy to a certain degree. Unfortunately, bananas are also one of the fruits with the highest sugar content—which can really get kids active. There’s a reason why athletes eat a whole bunch of bananas besides the potassium content. Try to control the number of bananas they take. Or at least keep them out of their arm’s reach until they have the self-control not to eat all in one go.
4. Resist the urge to not try and correct their singing.
Kids love music and song—and it’s okay if they start singing. Unfortunately, it does bite our nerves if our kids start singing the Minions’ “Banana Song” for the umpteenth time. When they do, take a deep breath and maybe just let them go on their way. Until they start doing it with a megaphone, they aren’t hurting anybody. Or, if it’s starting to get on your nerves, remind them that we need that particular room to be quiet. Give them another place to bounce and sing as it also teaches them about boundaries.
Kids love minions because they act like them!
Although your kids won’t call you “mini-boss” or “big boss” like the minions do with Gru, they might pick up some mannerisms. And with Minions: Rise of Gru showing, we’re pretty sure kids are going to start jumping for the movie. It’s definitely a good break from all the seriousness before hitting the books again!