I understand as kids get older that they become more attune to bad language, and have more opportunity to hear it. Perhaps a movie, or a music video or a friend starts cussing. What has me perplexed is my five-year-old saying to me “like mom, you neevvvver say this: move your fuckin’ ass.”
Huh, no you don’t say that. Just to be clear, I love swearing but those aren’t my words. As a point of pride, I refrain from swearing at my kids. Lately, there has been an obsession with things she can’t say.
Freya: Mom, you nevvver say shut up.
Me: No, you don’t Freya, and you know that.
Freya: Some kids say shit cup too, and you nevvverr say that.
Me: Look Freya, you know that the teacher will call me if you say bad words, right? I will know and you will get in trouble.
Freya: (nodding slowly). I know mom. What does shut your ass mean?
Me: I don’t know, but it’s rude.
Freya: Can I get the song fuckin’ murder on the iPod?
Is she hanging out with gangsters? What is the source of her potty mouth? Is it Meg’s older boys? Is it Wizz? I’m wondering if Hank can talk. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep a straight face. I need to figure this out, before she comes downstairs and says “motherfuckers what’s for dinner.”