What did you say, mom?I have a few rules about how I behave in front of my kids: 1) Don't talk smack about people around the little ones, mostly because they repeat everything you say -- usually in front of the person you were trashing, 2) don't be hysterical and/or negative unless it's absolutely necessary, and 3) never use curse words in front of them, for similar reasons as #1.
However, I'm retiring rule #3 as of today, and it feels fucking great.
Given that I have to drive in Los Angeles every single day, this adjustment of the rules was inevitable. I know there are plenty of people out there who get through the day without uttering one single profanity. I am not one of those people. I am, however, someone who has cut down dramatically on the dropping of the f-bomb since my first child was born, six years ago. I've also perfected the disappointed frown aimed at relatives who decide it's okay to say "shit" around my kids. Which is why I never thought I'd loosen up old rule number three, until I decided enough was enough.
Many of you will trot out the old adage, "Using profanity means you have a small vocabulary," and I will have to vehemently disagree. Using expletives can color your conversation in ways that "shoot" simply cannot. Also, it feels good. Just ask my 3-year-old. (Ha! Kidding. So far.)
But really, if he throws down a well-timed, "shit" on the pre-school playground, big deal. Yes I'll be embarrassed for a minute, but if he uses it in the proper context, I'll also experience some motherly pride. Which I will hide from his teachers.
There are worse things in the world than cursing around your kids. Many, many, many worse things. And since I plan on doing none of those things, this will be my vice from now on, goddamn it.
Do you curse around your kids?