Curse Words and Censorship

How do you feel about bad words?

In our house, we keep it censored around the kids - for the most part. While they're within earshot, I'll let a "What the hell?" slip once in a while and sometimes accidentally accentuate an object that's giving me grief with the word "damn."

But it's pretty rare.

My husband and I aren't opposed to cursing, we're just trying to set a good example. A good example they're not getting on the playground or the school bus...

A couple of years ago at the dinner table, my oldest asked, "Is F*** a bad word?"

Yes he actually said the word. Yes I nearly choked on my food. No he didn't get into trouble.

It was an honest question and I was thankful he trusted me enough to ask. I could tell he had been working himself up to it.

"Yes. That is a bad word, quite possibly the worst of the bad words," I told him. "Where did you hear it?"

"On the school bus."

Our parenting advice was this: Bad words are for grown-ups only and that some grown-ups overuse bad words because maybe they don't know enough regular words.

While this is definitely a generalization, I stand by it for the sake of my kids' future behavior and vocabulary. (Although I know it certainly doesn't apply to everyone.)

But (for adults) they're just words, right? What would an article in The Onion be without the gratuitous use of foul language? Far less funny. And it makes me sad to have to edit out the language in Nicole Knepper's blog (Moms Who Drink and Swear) before it appears on The "bad words" are often important in her story.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you completely censor yourself around your kids?

About the Author...
Karie Bradley
Karie Bradley is the Content Director for MomsEveryday. She lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Ben and their two sons Dylan and Logan.

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