My 16-month-old Layla is helping me unload the dishwasher. By helping, I mean she’s taking the clean Tupperware from the dishwasher into the living room and stacking it on the carpet next to our dog Hendrix, who is rolling around on his back. Little black hairs are springing from his body in a cloud similar to Pig Pen’s dust cloud from the Peanuts cartoon, and coating the slightly still wet Tupperware. I turn my back to put some bowls away and I hear Layla’s tower crash, followed by a familiar sounding F-word.
Did that just happen? Did she actually say the F-word? I start to rack my brain. When was the last time I said F*@#? Could she have learned that from me? Whether or not she actually said it remains a mystery because she hasn’t said it since, but that moment was a huge reality check for me.
I have to admit that I’m not the most cautious person when it comes to using profanity. I’m an exaggerator and I find the two go hand in hand nicely when trying to emphasize a point. And for my generation, it was just woven into our every day conversations growing up. I’m not using these as excuses, but more of an unofficial inventory in my head of how this might have happened.
While it’s hard not to giggle when you hear a toddler drop an F-bomb, I’ve learned that this could lead to bigger consequences than just a time out. Well, at least for the parents.
Last year, controversy swirled around a toddler in a ‘thug’ video that ended up in child protective custody after the video was uploaded. You can watch the video here, but I must warn you that it is very explicit and may disturb some people. It certainly disturbed me.
While this is an extreme case, and most of the swearing kid videos out there are lighthearted and perhaps just an innocent and surprising moment caught on video, I am hoping to avoid the former. I’ll be checking myself in the car, while I’m on the phone with those old school friends, and even while I’m hunched over cradling the toe I just stubbed on the corner of the dresser. How about you?
Does anyone have a funny swearing story to share?