Saturday, March 13, 2010

It wasn’t me, “I Swear”

For the most part, children learn to talk by listening to the language their family members are speaking. Therefore, they can’t be to blame if they sometimes say words that aren’t appropriate. Listen to the words you are using to show anger or frustration or, in some cases, the words you are using in your everyday language. “Think before you speak” when children are around because you never know what they will decide to repeat, and when. In certain situations, when they blurt out a "bad word" it sounds funny and it can be hard to hold back your laughter, but try not to make a big deal of it because if it comes out in a different situation, ie, at a library, in school or at church, for example, then it’s not quite so funny (and can be pretty embarrassing for everyone), so best to nip it in the bud right away.

A friend of mine used to say that when he was with his buddies (the boys), he could talk the way he wanted to, but if he was around women or children he did not swear, nor did he condone his friends doing it (and everyone complied). I think it’s a good rule to follow. At least if those words do slip out of your grandchildren’s mouth you can honestly say, “It wasn’t me, I don’t swear in front of children”!


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Grannie Report!! Great idea and awesome suggestions for other grandparents Lynn!!

  2. My grandson loves the book, There's a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss. One phrase in the book is "there's a Glock behind the Clock." Now when he sees a clock he points it out and yells out "Clock," but the only problem is he doesn't pronounce the L... Oops! But what can you do?