Friday, August 26, 2011

Bad words

I really don't believe there are any such things as "bad words".

However, I'd prefer my daughter not be taught to use certain words. At least not yet.

A lot of words have social consequences. I use words that have social consequences all the time- words like "libertarian", "anarchy", "liberty", and "guns"- but I am prepared for the way the words may be received by others.

The words that some other people use might have different consequences, but the consequences are still there and should be recognized. Even if they are silly.

I have never punished my kids for saying any word, even if my personal preference would be that they not use it. I'm not going to start now.



  1. Oh, the memories... One day when my oldest son was about two, he came into the house holding his left thumb saying "oh shit," over and over. I looked, and he wasn't at all hurt, so was not surprised when my husband silently came in holding HIS thumb - which he had hit with a hammer. I had no doubt what he'd been saying a few moments before. :)

  2. Kids are better (or worse) than parrots.

    My daughter's mom will teach her to say ALL the words before too long, I have no doubt. My parents will "get the vapors" when it happens. Ah, well. Interesting times ahead.