My daughter walks in and says, "I know what the F word
is". OK, so here we are. She is going into
2nd grade, I knew this was inevitable, but it still
feels soon. I ask her what it is and she is correct; she
knows the F word.
I ask her where she heard it and she says that it's written on
the slide at the park. I guess this is the only downside to
being able to read.
I ask her if she has any questions about the F word and she says
she wants to know why she can't say it. I explain to her that
it's an adult word, but kids like to use it, usually because it
makes them feel older.
I tell her that as she gets older she is going to hear this word
and other adult words, but that doesn't mean that they are
appropriate words to use. I tell her that there are plenty of
words out there to express herself and she doesn't have to use
words that can hurt or offend people.
I tell her that if she ever has a question about a word to feel
free to talk to me about it. I tell her that as she gets
older she will hear more things that might be confusing and part of
my job is to make them not so confusing.
She nods and thinks for a few minutes. "I know the S word,
too". OK, I say, tell me the S word. Quietly she
whispers in my ear, "It's stupid". I breathe a sigh
of relief. I know things are coming and I'm getting ready,
but it's nice to know that she can be 7 a little while longer.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
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