Guest blogger Dani Klein Modisett: Now that I'm a mom, I hate four-letter words spoken in front of my kids.
"She did. Interesting," my husband responded to my five-year-old.
"Yeah, it had 'stupid' and 'hate' in it!" he said, slapping his hand over his mouth.
That's right. That's how strict I am about bad language. My five-year-old thinks he's being naughty if he says he hates something. That's also how much I hate little kids using foul language.
So imagine my discomfort when we went on vacation with family recently and unresolved ghosts jumped out of closets. One thing let to another and some "f*&k you's" were hurled in front of the children.
"Please don't speak that way in front of my kids," I implored. Not that I've never sworn in front of them, but I want my children to know I think it's wrong.
"F*&k you, don't tell me how to talk!" was the response to my request.
Also, we live in Los Angeles, and sometimes we'll be walking in Hollywood (okay rarely, but it happens), and a group will walk by chatting and it's like we're being assaulted by rappers, "That f*&king bitch ... I told that bitch she can suck my d**k ... that's right ... stupid bitch ..." And I almost drop my baby trying to cover my older son's ears.
I'm not a prude, but now that I have young children, curse words sound violent to me. Each one punctuating a thought with a small, fierce punch in the face.
So call me old-fashioned, but I don't want my son exposed to that, and I certainly don't want him throwing them.
|Dani Klein Modisett is the mother of 1-year-old Gideon (pictured) and 5-year-old Gabriel. She is comedy writer/creator/producer of the show "Afterbirth...stories you won't read in Parents magazine." An anthology of stories from this show will be published by St. Martin's Press., in stores in May 2009.|