Yes, I’m going to point the blame finger. I’m going to point it right at my husband and his potty mouth.
I’ve never sworn a lot. Ok, I swear sometimes, but it’s not normally the F word or S word. I normally stick to Damn and Hell.
Now that I think about it I say Crap a lot. Wait, is Crap a swear word?
One of my favorite sayings “What the Hell!” This has now become a favorite of my 3 year old as well. *smacks self on forehead*
So now what? My husband made the mistake of laughing at her for the first few times she said it. Crap! So now she say’s it as part of her comic routine. Double Crap!
So our next step was to correct her for saying a “bad” word. This really confused her. “Why is it a bad word Mommy?” What do you say? “Well honey, there’s a list of words that society has deemed inappropriate and rude.” ARGH
Now this isn’t the first time Lil L has used a curse word. Once when someone stole my parking spot she replied “Mama, say damn it”. *again smacks self on forehead*
There was also the time that I baked really bad brownies and she insisted on trying on. My husband ask her how they tasted “F@#king awful Daddy”. The proud Daddy response with “Well at least she’s using it in the right context.” Really Dude? You are not helping the situation!
There are so many theories on this sort of behavior. Some say ignore it, others say time out, and then there are those extremes methods. Do kids still get their mouths washed out with soap?
So now we’re at the point where she’s gets put in time out or at the very least corrected for saying a bad word.
Oh and while we’re on the subject of swear words, what do you consider swear words? Are you kids allowed to say Crap, Fricken, or Shoot? How about Butt? When I was a little girl living in South Carolina I actually got paddled in school for saying butt. I wasn’t even calling someone a name. I was talking about a monkey’s butt!
How are you handling swearing in your house? Any particular brand of soap I should be using to wash her mouth out with?