Thursday, June 08, 2006

Don't worry, this is not going to be one of those articles about the evils of TV, and how we are "dumbing down" our kids, and it is our electronic babysitter, blah, blah, blah. You won't hear that from me, no way, I'm the one that gives my kids drugs, remember?
Well, today I had to run my daughter to an appointment. My son had to ride along in the car, and he did not care to do so. I believe his exact words were, "I'm not fucking doing that. That is fucking stupid."
In my good mother voice I explained that as he was not ten, he could not be home alone, so basically, tough shit, he was coming with us.
"The TV is ten years old (true). The TV will babysit me!"
He did have a point, but nonetheless, I dragged him to the car, kicking and screaming obscenities. Our nice old neighbor (90 if he's a day) got to see and hear all the fun. If that won't kill him, nothing will.
By the way, I'm not the only parent that has taught her kids to swear, check out this wonderful blog: and her f'ing fabulous article at:


Michelle O'Neil said...

Thanks Carrie! I "technically" havn't taught my kids to swear. (My daughter with her low frustration tolerance would like it too much)! I just fantacise about it. It would be such a relief not to have to hold it in all the time!

kario said...

I will never forget the day I began my campaign to convince my (very exhausted, single mom) mother that swear words were just words, just compilations of letters, and they couldn't possibly hurt anything. She finally gave in with one caveat: we were allowed to use them, but not at someone. (eg. we could say s**t!, but not call someone a s**thead). Perhaps when my kids are in middle school I'll employ that same tactic. Until then, I save all my swearing for after 8pm. It's hard!

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