"Aw, shoot!" That's what my 3-year-old has started to say in response to anything that doesn't go quite as he planned. Obviously, he picked it up from me. "Shoot," a word admittedly not as poetic as its sister form "s**t," is nonetheless part of my earnest effort not to be a cursing mommy.
Swear words are not always easy to evade, especially if, like me, you're used to saying them in adult spaces. But curses spewing out of the mouths of children is pretty yucky IMO--so I'm doing my best to be sure that I don't unintentionally give that behavior a green light.
By the time a kid is in elementary school, school-yard talk begins to sound a lot like conversations at home, yes?
Yo Johnny, WTF?!
It seems that the words we use, and how and when we use them, is one of those areas of parenting that really does have a direct influence. S**t. I mean shoot. If you want to see real mothers talk honestly on the subject of cursing in front of your kids, check this video blog out.
Do your kids curse because of you? Keep it real about what you think about the video--and about cursing in front of your kids.