We are a non-swearing family.
Crap is as crazy as the adult language gets around here. The kids are testing the waters as to what will be tolerated.
I believe it is a child’s job to push the boundaries. My kids seem to be very good at their job.
Lately, Ryan(11) has been uttering substitute words when frustrated or mad. In one way it is cute. In another way it is disturbing. He has run through a few favorites, but his most recent is…
It is a little strange to hear Mayonnaise yelled randomly in the heat of a moment.
So disturbing that the other day I spoke to him about it. We had a serious conversation about swearing and what was appropriate language and what wasn’t appropriate language. We talked about how he was using words as substitutes for swear words.
No conversation with Ryan goes as expected. I guess it goes back to his job to push limits, his propensity to argue, and his baseline level of ornery.
He challenged my anti-swear substitution position.
He declared that Mayonnaise meant Mayonnaise and nothing more…
If Mayonnaise is a substitution for a swear word, what is that word?
I could see the trap he was setting to get me to say something that wouldn’t normally cross my lips. I couldn’t help but finish the set up with the response…
The serious conversation turned a little silly and my point was never received. In fact, my parental intervention made things worse.
Now when things are slightly frustrating I still hear the utterance of Mayonnaise, but when things get a bit more tense there is an exclamation of Miracle Whip.