I think that "cuss" almost sounds like a bad word. Do you guys really call them that? "Cuss words"? That sounds so funny to me!
Back to the cursing, both kids say "Dang it!" all the time which cracks us up. Neither one of us uses that expression!
I also think kids get very confused about language. When my son was in kindergarten or first grade I remember him telling me that "stupid" was a bad word, like a curse. I said it wasn't. He said they told him it was. I told him it wasn't okay to call a person stupid, but that the word itself was not a bad word and perfectly acceptable under the right circumstances. He asked for an example so I told him that a stupid thing to do would be to try to drink milk out of a Kleenex box. I think that helped clarify things.
I don't like attaching too much power to everyday words. A little kid dropping the f-bomb is one thing; getting hung up on every word that has a negative connotation is another.
But I don't want my kids running around swearing and upsetting people. There's no reason for it. It doesn't matter that it doesn't bother me personally, it's enough that it's extremely jarring to other people. I have worked hard to control my swearing at work; I saw how people reacted and I took the time to apologize to them and work harder on knowing my audience before I get too relaxed.
We usually say "swear word" or "bad word"
'bad' probably sends a mixed message since I've made it sounds somewhat acceptable in certain circumstances. I've just never put that much thought into it
I miss my foul-mouthed co-workers.
I have uttered "SH!T!!!!!" the few times someone almost crashed into my van with the kids in it, or maybe even a few expletives when some kid has ridden their bike out in front of me, stuff like that. I don't walk around my house all "@#$%%^ it" or anything.
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I do not swear. That said, if my girls hear something from someone else and repeat it, I just calmly say that is not a word we use and move on. If you draw too much attention, they can think it is funny and say it just for the reaction.
Funny story. My brother is an Athiest and his children never go to church. He brought his girls to church with my mother for her birthday. My 2 year old niece called out the F word in the middle of church.
We say "swear words" too.
DD swore once when she was little little. I wanted to laugh my head off because although it was "sh!t" it sounded too cute. Anyway, I completely ignored her like it never happened and she hasn't sworn since.
If I let any slip out, she tells me off and I have to apologise to her.
When she was in nursery, in our house "Oh Em Gee" became one of those 'sayings' that we all couldn't stop using. I figured it wasn't a huge deal and was better than the original. I picked her up one day and the nursery teacher told me DD had said it and that she was made aware it was unacceptable. When I got her home, she was sad about it so I let her know that it was OK to say at home but at nursery she had to try and not say it again.
Me - Kristi, 29
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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