As parents, we try our best to protect our precious little ones from violence and swearing…
but on occasion, there is no avoiding exposing them to the ugliness around us.
We spell out swear words when their little ears are nearby, and fumble to change the channel when adult content, whether violent or sexual, shows up on the TV screen.
Recently, we were privileged to be witness to an argument in public where swear words were being thrown around. Ugh! No avoiding that one.
Our 5-1/2yo daughter has always been very good at not repeating “grown up” words, even when she’s angry. But our 2-1/2 yo son, OY VEY! He is the BIGGEST parrot and has the most impeccable timing when he chooses to share his new found vocabulary.
I was picking our daughter up from school the other day and I brought along the wee dude. We always stay for a little while to play with friends and chit chat with the others parents.
When it was time to go, I hollered for my munchkins to head to the van and Tyrannosaurus Toddler yelled back, “Shut the F*€% up!”
I nearly died!
The playground got quiet and I felt all eyes on me. I wanted to disappear. How do you react to THAT!?
I quickly went to him, advised him that these words were grown up words and not appropriate for kids to use, but the more I did this, the more he thought it was funny and shared this with the onlookers.
I scooped him up and we made tracks to the van. I’m sure a great discussion was had in my absence, but whatever.
No, I don’t teach my kids these words. Yes, I have occasionally let a few slip out. Yes, I try to correct them when they are used. No, I’m not worried that others think I’m a terrible parent.
Life happens…roll with the punches. Kids will be kids and parents will always learn as we go along.
PS- I’m sorry my kid taught yours to swear. Next up…arm pit farts!