Younger Siblings and the Unfortunate Byproduct of Playing Up

when little kids find themselves in sandboxes meant for their older siblings.

A Phrase is Coined

Shortly after I married Caroline, she introduced me to the concept of “playing up.” Only she didn’t call it “playing up” because, unlike me, she’s not prone to coining phrases for varied and random phenomenon. Regardless, she was talking about a precocious little boy, one who had the reputation of dropping age-inappropriate pop culture references. Along with the occasional F-bomb. I wondered aloud how such a young kid could already be swimming in the profane waters of sexual innuendo, to which Caroline replied:

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • Beth

    I know all about playing up. When the older of my two sons started high school, my younger son was starting first grade. I remember telling Sam ( my youngest) that he was the kid I would never have invited over to play because of the stuff he picked up from his older brother. Now he’s the one starting high school. Time flies, my friend.

    • John Cave Osborne

      sorry so late to the response on this — i’ve been out of pocket. like many of yours, i love this comment. and, yes, the phenomenon is a real one,but kinda unfortunate. re: sam starting high school — time does indeed fly, my friend. and i get it that i don’t get it. at least not to the extent that someone like you probably does.