That’s my boy! #YMCCommunity

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!”

Face Palm

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!

And just like that…another Christmas whisks by. #YMCCommunity

Another Christmas has come and gone…

Christmas is done for another year.

Kinda sad really. When December 1st hit, it was quite exciting to see the glow in our kid’s eyes as all the Christmas lights and decorations starting popping up. The holiday cartoons were in full swing and clogging up our DVR. The Christmas tunes were cranked in the van and our daughter participated in her first School Concert (queue sappy Mom getting all teary-eyed).

Christmas concert.

Note to self: taking a 2yo to a school Christmas concert when it’s supposed to be nap time, is not the best idea in the world. His teddy bear, soother and shoes became projectiles, beaning our fellow audience members in the heads. He pooped his pants 10 minutes into the hour-long performance and then had a temper tantrum and meltdown twenty minutes before it ended, causing us to make a hasty retreat to the lobby at the entrance of the school where he made short work of undecorating the school Christmas tree.

Cpt. Destructo

Our Christmas was pretty quiet. We got together with the family for a few dinners, visited with friends and absorbed as much of the festive displays and markets that we could possibly handle. Daddy even had holidays booked at the same time as school holidays, so it was even better that we could spend so much time together.

Now it’s time for all the Elves on the Shelves to go back to Santaland for another year and relieve parents from having to come up with yet another scenario to surprise this kiddies with.

Sparkles the Elf

The empty boxes and crumpled paper have filled the bins and the Christmas trees are being disrobed and put away, taken to the dump or chipped up for a local organization.

I remember when I was a kid, my friend’s Mom would leave a 6-pack of beer out for the garbage men so they’d take the entire pile of Christmas debris away, including the tree. I don’t think that happens anymore.

The kids toy bin is overflowing and they’re fighting who gets a turn with the new ones. I think it’s time to cull the bin of the forgotten toys and let them live their next life in a new home.

I’ve joined GoodLife Fitness and plan to go 3x a week alternating with running every other day. I plan to kick up my fitness level another notch to really get in shape for 2015. Hubby and I have made a pact to eat healthier and drink more water too!

I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and got a new hair do. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never felt brave enough to actually do it. I think it looks great and my friends have complimented me on it too! So there’s one step towards a fantastic new year.

My new do!

2015 is just a moment away and we plan to make it a great year for us! We have some plans in mind and we are going to make sure they happen 🙂

What do you have in store for 2015?

This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.