I was picking Isaac up at daycare a few days ago, and as usual, they gave me a report of how he was that day. I've been taking him there for a while so I know the girls there very well. It went like this:
Teacher: "He was really great today. The only thing is that he said a swear word this morning."
Bad Mommy: "Oh Shit! What did he say?"
Teacher: "He said shit."
This is where I blushed ten shades of red and got the giggles. Wowsa I had that one coming didn't I? Chris and I feel very strongly about teaching our kids that certain decisions and behaviors are appropriate for adults, and not for children. We don't want to be hypocrites and tell them, "Drinking is bad," while we are drinking Pina Coladas. So we explain which things are OK for adults but not for kids. Swear words are known as 'Adult Words' so they know that we are going to say them, but they, as children, are not allowed to. I really do try not to swear around the kids, but unfortunately, they have to ride in the car with me, and that is one place I have to be allowed to swear when traffic drives me crazy! Anyway, all attempts at non-hypocritical parenting aside, I still feel pretty silly when the girls at the day care see me, because they are giggling and mouthing adult words at me!