Do You Tell Your Kids to "Shut Up?"

Saying "shut up" doesn't make you a potty mouth, does it?

Because my mom was really funny about harsh sounding words (we didn't say words like "liar," "butt," and definitely not "shut-up"), now I'm finding that I'm the same way with my kids. But of course every home has a different set of allowable word rules, and Pnukey's question, "Do you tell your kids to shut-up?" got me seriously thinking about that.


"I never understood why "shut up" is a bad phrase," she added. "I tell mine to shut up because sometimes they really need to." Well, she's got a serious point there.

Do you use harsh words with your kids? Do you tell them to "shut up"?

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