It is a normal part of social development for a child to be less influenced his (or her) parents as he starts to grow and socialize. Sometimes, all a parent can do is hope that those outside factors are postive. There is currently a bad influence on my son. It has been going on for awhile, but it is getting a bit ridiculous now.
The other night at dinner we were quizzing him about something trivial like "Does a koala eat bamboo?" He answered "No" and then did this with his hands:
We were stunned and asked him who taught him to say no like that. He replied, "George". Humph. Being good parents, we taught him how to make the Family Feud strike noise when he does that. Because we are diligent about these things.
Yesterday, after he ate his banana for snack he decided to do this with the peel:
The one responsible for teaching him this: George. Ugh!
He made a fully functioning automatic car wash for his toy cars and trains complete with water and soap from the bathroom (back and forth, back and forth, across the carpet) just like George taught him. Oh what joy!
So, who is this George? Are you Curious? Well, that's marvelous.
Here's a picture of the little dickens:
Apparently my child is not the only one susceptible to his Pied Piper like charms: