It was just a few days ago that the cell phone of the teenage girl sitting nearby rang.
“Hi, where are you? No [bleep]ing way …
That’s when she turned around.
“Oh, crap. There are little kids next to me. Gotta go …”
To be fair, the girl who blurted out the non-educational word for my kids to overhear did apologize profusely for teaching them a term that is a bit inappropriate for toddlers. I was actually quite impressed with her maturity in handling her faux pas.
But the sad part is that this was not the first time something like this has happened. My kids hear obscenities wherever we go … to the store, park, even Nana’s house! So how does one teach their kids to ignore obscenities when they hear them? Especially when they come from relatives and friends? I’ve had numerous talks with my mother-in-law about her use of vulgarities, but it’s gotten to the point where I’ve come to realize that the adage “old habits are hard to break” is indeed true.
I tell my kids that certain words are not to be used AT ALL. To hear them uttered in this household means immediate time-out and privileges taken away. Even using phrases such as “oh, fudge” is not allowed, because we don’t want our kids taking certain tones with other people. Luckily, they seem to be learning the lesson. Although, granted, getting into trouble a few times has cured their inclination to repeat all the bad things they hear.
I could go on with all the hilarious stories of my kids parroting obscenities without even realizing what they’re saying, but that would just take too much of your time. So tell me: What stories do you have in dealing with obscenities and your kids? How have you handled these situations? Especially when it’s friends and family who just simply refuse to change?