Sorry, had to get both hands back on the keyboard. Yes, of course, my kids have said the F word. I’m a journalist. What can I say?
Despite the many naughty words that have come out of my mouth, I was actually shocked to hear the phrase my kindergartener muttered the other night. Let me set this up for you.
We were getting ready for bed. I asked my third grader to get her younger brothers’ toothbrushes ready for them while I was getting my toddler dressed in his jammies. She got her own ready and the baby’s, but somehow left her six-year-old brother’s toothbrush dry. When she walked away my kindergartener said, “That dirty bastard.”
Okay now. Really? I tried, desperately, to stifle a laugh. I held the tears in while I choked out the mandatory mom question: “Where did you hear such language?!” (I only use that “Dirty Bastard” phrase at work, and mostly it’s directed at my computer.)
His response? “TV!”
I relayed this story to a girlfriend the other night. She shared a few stories with me but has forbidden me to share them here. So folks, it’s up to you. Tell me all your horror stories of when your kids have said something that had you trying not to laugh as you threatened to wash out their mouths with soap. Oh, and do you actually wash your kids mouths out with soap? I vaguely recall talking with a friend as a child about tasting the soap ahead of time to see which ones tasted okay… just in case.