Here's a conversation I just had with Zakkai as I tucked him in bed.
Z~ "Mommy, I need to tell you something. Like, Samuel, like, won't let me, like-"
Me~ "Whoa, whoa. Hey, Zakkai, why are you saying 'like' so many times? Try again so I can understand what you are saying."
Z~"Well, Mommy, like, Samuel, like, won't, like, let me-"
Me~"Zakkai, I can't understand what you are saying! Why are you saying 'like' so may times?!"
Z~ "Mommy, I have to! I can't stop saying it!"
Me~"But, Zakkai, you just said a whole sentence without saying it!"
Z, quiet for a few seconds.~"Well, I have to say like for that sentence. I can't help it!"
Me~"Why don't you try again and try really hard not to say like. I know you can do it!"
Z~pause "Mommy......Samuel, L-, Samuel won't let.....Samuel won't let me, li-, won't let me play with his toys."
Me~"You did it!!! Now why won't Samuel share his toys..."
Haha. Such a funny boy! He was getting so frustrated trying to not say "like" in his sentence but he was still able to laugh and try hard:)
Why do we say "like" so much??