Tuesday, July 6, 2010

As if cursing in English wasn't bad enough...

Here's my confession for the day, for what it's worth. Tim and I are guilty of cursing in front of the kids....on occasion.

Okay, if I'm going to be ridiculously honest here, I'd have to qualify "on occasion" as roughly 2-3 times a day.

Hey, that's the truth and I'm sticking to it. For those of you who know me in real life....shhhhhhhh.

I'm definitely not proud of the fact that I curse in front of my kids...please don't misunderstand. I'm not bragging...more like, using my personal experience as a means of helping others to avoid embarrassing moments with their children.

It's the Mother Theresa side of me that you rarely see here on my blog.

Tim and I were having a discussion the other day when we both realized our cursing has gone too far. In the past, we'd let a bad word slip out of our mouths without thinking....the kids would overhear it and giggle.

Then the kids got bold....and began to repeat the bad words, more to get attention if nothing else. So I had to sit down with them and have "the talk".

"Look, Mommy and Daddy shouldn't say bad words and you most definitely should not be repeating those words! Got it?" I would lecture.

The guilty child would nod their head...eyes all wide in fear.

I would continue, "Oh and if you accidentally say that word outside the home and anyone asks where you learned language like that, just tell them that Daddy sometimes says bad words, k?"

A gentle pat on the head and three cookies later, it was our little secret.

Until recently.

They began using the words as normally as they'd use the words, "I want" and "I need". Let's face it....every single kid in the world begins their sentences that way, am I right?

Picture it. Tim and Cole were playing the Wii a few days ago.

Now I should tell you that Tim has a tendency to get overly competitive and downright evil when playing video games, even when it's with the kids. He forgets that they're young and their brains can only process so much activity in such little time.

He got frustrated with Cole and told him to leave the room.

Cole found me in the family room and, with tears in his eyes, said, "Daddy said I couldn't play with him because I'm being a 'wuss'. He's such an asshole!"

Trying my best to stifle the laughter that threatened to force its way out of my mouth, I explained, "Well, sometimes Daddy forgets that you're little and forgets his manners. With that said, it's not okay to call him that, even though he called you a name. Let's talk with him about it".

And we did. Tim apologized for calling Cole a "wuss" and Cole apologized for calling his father an "asshole".

Later that evening, I said to Tim, "We really need to work on holding our tongues. The kids aren't merely repeating the bad words anymore for attention...now they're using the words in their everyday language!"

He completely agreed.

Flash forward to the following morning. Tim was playing video games again with the kids. Everyone was having fun....the sound of laughter ringing through our home, no curse words lingering in the air.

Until....

Tim's guy got killed and I heard him shout, "Shiesse..." For those of you who aren't familiar with German, that's "shit" in German.

Guess he thought it was perfectly safe to curse in another language.

He would be wrong. If there's one thing that Tim repeatedly fails to learn, it's that our children should never ever be underestimated.

The next time that Tim couldn't reach the next level in his game, we heard a small voice bellow, "SHIESSE...."

As if cursing in English wasn't bad enough...how am I supposed to explain THAT to the snobby moms at the park?

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54 comments:

Kristina P. said...

This made me laugh. I am juging you. ;)

The Boob Nazi said...

I'm sure they'd just be seen as cultured hahahaha.

S Club Mama said...

I have called a woman a name in the car, Tristan repeated it. So funny. Naughty mommy. lol

MamaHen Em said...

That is sooo funny!

Charlene said...

Guilty as charged here too. I keep trying to remember not to say anything bad and now my older kids (teens and preteens) are saying them all.the.time. If you really want to stop it, do it now (Learn from me, it gets so much worse).

Erin said...

Go ahead and tell them that shit in French is "Merde." Love it.

howling with laughter over here!

;-)

Crossed Fingers said...

hahaha! Well at least your children are learning a second language!

Two Normal Moms said...

Yeah, but isn't it somehow "ok" in another language? Just kidding. I've been in your shoes -my mouth sometimes can't control itself until it's too late. Note to self: Gotta clean it up!

Ally

McVal said...

LOL! I use "shiesse" on occasion too.. but under my breath...

Shell said...

You're exposing them to another culture. ;)

I so would have laughed at the asshole comment, too.

Brooke said...

awesome. :) i think everyone has those moments though. like my nephew who can't says "s" sounds but says "hit" just like his daddy. or my niece who was cold and demanded someone "turn off the wucking wan"

in my family we thank god for speach impediments.

This Daddy said...

Wow, I may need to learn how to do it in a different language. I dropped my camera one day at the pool said "shit" and my oldest (6) looked at me and says "daddy why do you say shit all the time?"

Nice

blueviolet said...

You're giving them double the usage power! lol

Angie said...

You're not the only one. My sister is constantly cussing in German, but not very literately. :)

Angie said...

You're not the only one. My sister is constantly cussing in German, but not very literately. :)

The Mother said...

Guilty.

The good news? They grow out of it. Not the cursing, but the using-it-to-get-attention.

TornadoTwos said...

I think I'd pee my pants from laughing so hard if one of my kids came to me and said their dad was an asshole- especially if he really was acting like one. Too funny!

Megan said...

Hee hee hee!! The image of Cole and Tim having to apologize to each other for name calling is cracking me up.

And don't worry about the snobby moms - I bet they took french instead of german. And I can say that because I took french. :-)

Eva Gallant said...

That is too funny and a common problem--the cursing part, not the German part.
Good luck trying to erase those words from their vocabulary!

LucidLilith said...

Look at the bright side...it means they have a head for language. Look into getting a french tutor...lol. I know, I know...I am not much help when it comes to kids.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Put together a cursing jar. Boo has a habit of cursing and sometimes, he'll slip in front of Baby Boo. When he does, he has to put a nickel in the cursing jar. Not long ago, he decided to be smart and put a dollar in for the day.

Twins Squared said...

Oh, and I totally thought I was the first comment the other day! I didn't know that was a German cuss word. I think that one's okay. But I think it's good you had the talk. I had a little potty mouth in the 3rd grade and I've had to work on it ever since but I think I'm very controlled around the kids. The hubby is getting more free with his words and I don't like it. When Mackenzie was 3 she threw out a couple of "damns" but that's about it. Hopefully we nipped it in the bud. You're brave to admit it but we all slip. Mine mainly just hear damn and crap a lot, thankfully! I would totally freak if one of them said A**hole! Even if he deserved it! :)

Creative Junkie said...

I admit it ... I curse in front of the kids. A lot. I just can't control it - I mean, when my head feels like it's going to explode, "darn it" just doesn't cut it.

Evonne said...

I've slipped in front of my kids, too. A lot! And, yes, they repeat it at the worst possible time!

Think of it this way - you're teaching them about other cultures!

Jen said...

All I have to say is welcome to the club.;)

Lauren said...

My parents cussed regularly in front of me growing up. It wasn't until I got to high school that I really got the courage to cuss in front of other people, but that all changed when I met my now best friend, Emily. She doesn't tolerate bad language, and now that I'm out of the habit I can't stand to hear it used in everyday language either.

shortmama said...

Its so hard not to let the words slip out. I do really good when its just me with the kids...but when my hubs gets home we just cuss more in casual conversation to each other. My oldest is really good though, I have told her which words werent appropriate for kids since she was little and have only heard her repeat bitch once when my hubs said son of a...and then was quiet and my oldest said bitch!

*LLUVIA* said...

LMAO!

I can't stop saying badwords! I have tried! I can't! I don't want to have a foul mouth infront of emma but I can't help myself.

*shiesse!!*

Heather said...

Oh my gosh!! That was so funny!! Note to self: STOP the cussing at home NOW. Otherwise, our first words will probably be "Shieese" ;o)

Rebecca said...

That is hysterical!!! I just had to have "the talk" with Husband...he just doesn't get it!

I have been having issues with my comment count too...damn blogger!

Jenna said...

Oh girl we are a bunch of cusser's too, I keep trying but words slip out. Hubby is worse, much much worse, what can I say he's a truck driver......

Any who my boys favorite saying is What the Hell!! No it's not the worst ever, but something about a 2 year old saying that just isn't right. Try as I may they keep saying it, threaten, corner, spank, slap mouth, talk, nothing works. Yikes.

Alicia said...

Is it bad that I'm totally cracking up over here???

Zeemaid said...

Ummmm I have a wee confession myself. I occasionally swear around my kids too. Somedays it's worse than ever and I've had to correct them for saying Frickin.. cause hey I'm like that's better than the other f word but then you get the mommy you say it too right in front of everybody. Yeah... fun times. ;)

kacey said...

What? I did not get this memo...perhaps I shouldn't let Emi listen to Kanye and Jay-Z anymore. Tyler and I on occasion (every couple of hours) let some "bad words" slip out. I'm more worried about letting it slip in my classroom than Emi saying it. Lucky for me when I'm at a park I just blame "her parents" becuase eveyone thinks I'm her nanny. AAHhh the perks of having a child that in no way resembles you.

Ash said...

tell the snobby mums that your kids are very talentedly multilingual. ;)

~ash's mum

Tropical Mum said...

My BFF and her family of four stayed with us for THREE months when MasterSix was only MasterThree. Their house was being renovated and we had a granny flat out the back of ours.

You can imagine that there was a lot of cursing going on, because stress levels were high--not at each other, just in general.

So my eldest started saying "You f***en." which made no sense. He never learned to use it in context and doesn't use it YET. I am under no illusions. Somebody at school has already taught him what the rude finger is. MasterFour asks me "Why is it rude? It is just a finger!". Next question please...

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Hilarious! I love your stories!
Thanks for teaching me a German cuss word too : )

PS I thought about your post How Children are Like Baby Birds. We have Baby Birds in a tree by our front door. Anytime someone walks out the Mom sqawks at you like she is going to kill you. Yay!

Katie's Dailies said...

My husband gets caught up in the moment, too, while playing basketball... well, he did till I reminded him that he was playing with his young children.

After one of us says a "bad" word, we quickly back track and say, "That's a Mommy/Daddy word. Do not say that!!" Gotta give the kids something to look forward to when they grow up! ; )

Wendy said...

If blogs had like buttons, I click on it after reading this post. Too funny and don't beat yourself up too much, we're human and those things happen!

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, they'll learn the language and use it in the most appropriate to embarrass you to the fullest extent. I just had to drop in to see what you and the family have been up to. I've been so sick with these debilitatin' shingles for the past two months and have been ordered to do nothing 'till I heal up. Yeah, ya'll know how well I sit still and this IS the busiest time on the Ponderosa. {{{SIGH}}} So I was never here....Shhhhhh....don't tell!

Enjoy this beautiful summer day, God bless ya'll!

JennyMac said...

HAHAHA..bilingual!!!!

And Blogger was mean to me via comments for several days. I had the exact same problem with the comment count and I have dozens of comments that will not post to my Tuesday post. BOO.

The Lane Family said...

Kids will repeat the darndest things :) Maybe you will not have to worry if they say the German cuss word as long as no one knows it's German they may think that your kids are just saying a better form of s*#@ :)

Missie said...

I can honestly tell you that my husband or me have never cursed in front our children, but..............
but my daughter who is 20, has the mouth of a "sailor". We tell her that too! LOL

2wired2tired.com said...

I'm guilty too and I also try to blame my husband for the kids picking up a curse word or two but deep in my heart, I know they learned it from watching me. They've only said something a couple of times but I do need to watch myself more around them. Switching to another language until they catch on...that might be easier than quitting cold turkey! :)

Mama Dub said...

Ya know... we are all so different. I don't cuss, my hubs does. We can all just do our best :) Sounds like you guys are fab parents REGARDLESS! If that's the worst that happens you are in good shape!

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When did I become my Mom said...

You have bilingual cuss-buds! Awesome! lol

Just kidding.

I try not to do it too, i only little Aspie.. He holds his ears and tells me "MOOM. You mustn't say bad words! When you say them I say them in my head and God doesn't like that!"

Bring on the guilt...

Karen said...

My brother and I realized we have to stop calling each other names last night when The Nephew started calling everyone "Loser" and laughing hysterically about it. Granted, it was pretty funny and I had to turn away while his mommy and daddy had a talk with him, but...yeah...we don't want him to be THAT kid.

Cheryl Lage said...

Helene, this is PRICELESS. Kudos to you for not BUSTING out laughing.

(Shiesse is a little less immediately decipherable than the "other language" I was thinking...am pretty sure my kids could figure out "it-shay".... ;) )

Have a great weekend, Sweetness!

Lani said...

Hey- your kids are multilingual. That's something to be proud of!!

Kim said...

This is so hilarious. I love how they apologized to each other for their respective name calling... it's almost like you're a mother to five!

I must admit I've let a bomb or two slip around here as well. My two and a half year old never repeated these words, so I figured it was still okay. But the other day he spilled a little of his milk on the bed, looked up at me and said, "Oh shit," then frantically cleaned it up with his sleeve. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

KK said...

At least they are becoming bilingual.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Yesterday R was moving a couch & said shit & BG responded with "shit's a bad word".

Mighty M said...

Oh, I have been having a hard time NOT swearing in front of my kids. Been doing it far to much lately...I used to be able to restrain myself MUCH better. So glad to know I am NOT alone!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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