Do you swear in front of your kids?
Jacqueline Burt wrote a post defending cursing in front of kids here on The Stir recently, and it generated a LOT of conversation.
So for this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout, we decided to ask other writers from The Stir if they agree with Jacqueline. See what they had to say after the jump!
I have to say, I was surprised that these moms all felt cursing in front of the kids isn't that big of a deal.
For me, cursing in front of my kids right now is a big no-no. They're 6 and 8 years old and I know that my kindergartner son in particular wouldn't be able to resist repeating a curse word to his friends if he overheard me say it. I don't want to be the mom who gets called in for a special meeting because her kid that taught all of his classmates the f-bomb, you know what I mean?
I realize that my kids will hear the words at some point anyway, and I know from having raised two stepdaughters already that once they become teenagers, cursing will become a popular act of rebellion. But I want to try to be the kind of person now that I hope they'll be someday. I can't ask them to watch their mouths if I'm not watching mine.
That said, I don't really mind if other moms let the occasional curse word slide in front of their kids, and I definitely mess up every once in a while in front of my own children. But I feel guilty when it happens. It was interesting to realize that in this chat, anyway, I'm in the minority. These moms think a limited amount of cursing in front of the kids is no big deal.
Now tell me -- what do you think?