*warning: this post may contain traces of swear words
He said it with that little waiver in the middle of the world that lets me know he is about to something profound…. or terrible.
“Mum… is poop a swear word?”
I hid my goofy grin and wondered where this conversation would go.
“Well, not really, it’s just another word for poo, and everyone poos. But I guess it depends how you use it.”
“Like if I said Zoe was a poop head, then it would be a swear word… right?”
“Yes” I said “Plus it’s not ok to call people names.”
He thought for another moment, head cocked to one side, then he did it again…
“Mu-um… is ‘horrible’ is a swear word?”
“Horrible?… no horrible just means not nice.”
“But what if I called Zoe ‘horrible’, then it would be a swear word.”
“No… that’s just mean” I said.
“So how do I know what is a swear word?” He asked, all serious like.
“Well… a swear word is something that is rude, or that other people may think is rude. It’s a word that might offend someone if you said, even if you didn’t say it about them. It’s a word that is just not nice for people to hear.”
There… I’d summed up swear words to my five year old without actually having to say any, I was rather impressed with my parenting prowess.
“Oooh… like bugger.” He said
“Yes, like bugger”
He thought for a bit longer and said,
“Like bugger and crap”
I was pleased that those were the only swear words he could think up, then he said…
“Like bugger, and crap and shit… and [email protected]’ [email protected] [email protected]”
I hid my face in my hands and all I could manage was.. “yes my beautiful angel faced innocent five year boy… all of those words are swear words.”
“Thanks Mum” he said.. and trotted off.
And that is how real life rolls in our house! What does real life look like at your place?
As I was reading through last weeks RLW posts (ahem… apologies for only getting to them yesterday, real life here last week was no electricity them shaped internet at 64kbs!) there was one single line among all the awesome posts that caught my eye…
Maybe clutter it is like married sex: You have to make a date for it. Then do it. And your are so much happier after you’ve done it.
That pearl of wisdom came from Lisa at Life Happens… and you have to pop over and read the entire post to see how she came to that awesome conclusion!
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LOL – such a cute post! I thought you were going to get away clean until he started really showing you all the “colorful” words he knew at the end – haha! I like how you explained with a swear word is. I’ll be borrowing that for future use :)
Haha, that made me laugh out loud. I can just imagine it. Kids are wonderful aren’t they? And you handled the situation like a pro :)
Hahahahahaha …. *wipes eyes*
That is comedy GOLD, that is.
Bek @ Just For Daisy says
Oh dear!! haha! Miss Daisy now says, “what a joke!” when something happens in traffic and did say “fricken dogs’ the other day when our puppies nearly bowled her over! ooops!
At least we know they’re good listeners?!?!
[email protected] Little Bookcase says
I’m really sorry, but this post made me laugh so hard. I don’t know what is funny about kids saying swear words in that way. I think it is the pure innocence that comes along with it.
Thanks for sharing.
Mud Hut Mama says
I loved this post! Why do they always seem to pick up on the bad words? I think you handled it beautifully.
Jen Fischer says
I really love this series and your post today is no different. I really appreciate this series so much. This is my first time linking up and mine is of a different nature, but it just felt right to link this post with the idea/concept of Real Life Wednesday.
My 6 year old was so excited when he read his first ‘chapter book’ by himself that he took it into his year 1 class to show the teacher and ask if it could be their class ‘read aloud’. That afternoon he came back a bit despondant saying that one of his friends had told him that they couldn’t read it in class because it had the ‘s-word’ in it! In a panic I grabbed the book and scanned it looking for profanities thinking I had sent him off to school with something terribly unsuitable – after not finding anything untoward I went and clarified the details with him. Turns out in year 1 (at least) at his school the ‘s-word’ is ‘stupid’ – BIG sigh of relief here!
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
That is just gold! Pure gold!
:giggle: yep that is our beautiful children.
Poor Heidi got in so much trouble at school for saying a swear word to a teacher, she was simply repeating what another child had said about the work (thankfully her aide was able to confirm this), she didn’t understand what the fuss was about.
Aunty Sarah says
*giggles* then falls over keyboard laughing, tears pour our of my eyes and I make a mental note to tell Goosetrap to read this post, just so we both know how to handle it when this conversation comes up.
Lisa Nolan says
OMG! WTF! LOL! I will remember to write my child’s ‘first swear words’ post and link it here! Hopefully that won’t be for a long, long, time!
Lisa Nolan says
Your post is in my top 12, and your Pinterest pin/photo is in my blog post here http://www.lifehappensthenwrite.com/2013/01/top-twelve-parent-humor-of-2012-warning.html
Let me know if that is not OK, thanks!