Progress

I’m happy to report that Ronan has stopped arbitrarily using the word ‘shit’ in general conversation. In recent weeks, he has used it in the following sentences:

“What the shit was that?”
“Where the shit are we going?”
“What the shit are you talking about?”
“How the shit are you doing, Mommy?”
“Why the shit are we here?”

And then on his 4th birthday:

Me: “Hey Ronan- how old are you now? Can you say “I’m 4″?”
Ronan: “What the shit? I’m 3!”

I’m slightly horrified to report that he’s now latched onto “Son of a Bitch”.

Just in the past two days:

“Get back here you Son of a Bitch!”
“Where’s my cup? Son of a Bitch!”
“This Son of a Bitch chicken is hot! You Son of a Bitch chicken!”
“Son of a Bitch, let’s go to the park!”
“No, I don’t wanna brush my Son of a Bitch teeth!”

Please understand that I don’t encourage cussing from our children. I know that it’s inappropriate and not accepted in polite society. He doesn’t get a cookie for every cuss word- nothing like that.

I just don’t acknowledge the cussing- I act like I didn’t hear it. It usually falls out of their vocabulary if you don’t make a big deal about it. When it becomes taboo is exactly the moment it becomes all shiny and irresistible to them. If ignoring it doesn’t work, then we have a talk about “grown up words” and when it’s appropriate to use them (when you’re a grown up and not around my Mom or our Priest).

I’d be lying to you if I said that I don’t mentally fist pump when our sweet, volatile speech- delayed boy is says new words and phrases everyday- even if they’re unseemly and ill-suited from a 4-year-old.

The thing is, though, I’ll take the good with the bad. “Bad” is subjective anyway.

And let’s face it- “Son of a Bitch” is a little more advanced than the simple one word “shit”.

Progress, y’all, progress.

Photo: I'm happy to report that Ronan has stopped arbitrarily using the word 'shit' in general conversation. In recent weeks, he has used it in the following sentences:

"What the shit was that?"
"Where the shit are we going?"
"What the shit are you talking about?"
"How the shit are you doing, Mommy?"
"Why the shit are we here?"

And then on his 4th birthday:

Me: "Hey Ronan- how old are you now? Can you say "I'm 4"?"
Ronan: "What the shit? I'm 3!"

I'm slightly horrified to report that he's now latched onto "Son of a Bitch".

Just in the past two days:

"Get back here you Son of a Bitch!"
"Where's my cup? Son of a Bitch!"
"This Son of a Bitch chicken is hot! You Son of a Bitch chicken!"
"Son of a Bitch, let's go to the park!"
"No, I don't wanna brush my Son of a Bitch teeth!"

Please understand that I don't encourage cussing from our children. I know that it's inappropriate and not accepted in polite society. He doesn't get a cookie for every cuss word- nothing like that. 

I just don't acknowledge the cussing- I act like I didn't hear it. It usually falls out of their vocabulary if you don't make a big deal about it. When it becomes taboo is exactly the moment it becomes all shiny and irresistible to them. If ignoring it doesn't work, then we have a talk about "grown up words" and when it's appropriate to use them (when you're a grown up and not around my Mom or our Priest).

I'd be lying to you if I said that I don't mentally fist pump when our sweet, volatile speech- delayed boy is says new words and phrases everyday- even if they're unseemly and ill-suited from a 4-year-old.  

The thing is, though, I'll take the good with the bad. "Bad" is subjective anyway. 

And let's face it- "Son of a Bitch" is a little more advanced than the simple one word "shit". 

Progress, y'all, progress.
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6 thoughts on “Progress

  1. What a CLASSIC. It is sooooo hard not to crack up laughing when kids swear. Really, it is so adorable in a very naughty way. 😛 I only recently wrote a post about this very topic. Fingers crossed my little mate doesn’t pick up ‘ what the shit!’ Ha ha 😛

    • Just saw your comment misscookas- my apologies for not responding. How’s in going with the kid cussing at your house? Where can I read your work?

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Evelyn Maldonado

    First of all…thank you, thank you for blogging real funny shit!! My daughter wasn’t even two when she started saying “oh, fuck,” so her father and I don’t have the best filter. Society doesn’t accept toddlers running around and saying crap like that, but I must say, that my husband and I would cheer (not in front of her of course) because she would use it in context!!! I mean how can we not be proud right?? I know oh fuck doesn’t have an incorrect context, but damn how amazing is when she was having a hard time with lacing, or did something wrong and she would day, “oh, fuck.” damn these kids are fucking smart!!

    • Yes! Totally agree! I just don’t think cussing is a huge deal. We don’t call them “bad” words- just words with appropriate and inappropriate times to use them. Our kids know not to cuss at school, church, and for the love of God, never around my Mom.
      I’m so glad you’re here. Looking forward to knowing you better!

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