I’ve said before that, in the grand scheme of things, my children using swear words is not a huge deal. They know that they aren’t appropriate to be used at this point in their lives, but they know them so, of course, they sometimes use them. They might occasionally get a mild rebuke or stink eye from one of us, but they don’t get punished for swearing. Unless, of course, they’ve been specifically told not to say or do something in particular, and then do it anyway.
Knowing this about us, it might surprise you that we have recently banned the word “wow” from their vocabulary.
I’m not sure where or when it started exactly, but at some point over the last few months my oldest child has adopted the use of the word “wow” in a really bizarre way. Whenever a brother or friend does something that he doesn’t like or agree with, he can be heard saying “Wow, insertnamehere. WOW. WOOOOW. Really insertnamehere? WOW.”
It’s not so much that it’s insanely annoying to listen to (even though it so is), it’s the tone with which he uses it. It’s condescending. And snarky. And sarcastic. And mean. And while I know kids are going to fight and argue and say stupid things to each other, something about the way he uses “wow” as a weapon bugs the ever loving snot out of me and it has been decided that he is no longer allowed to say it. At all.
If you’d asked me five years ago if I would have rules banning certain innocuous words from my children’s vocabulary, I probably would have thought you were crazy. But as we get deeper and deeper into this parenting thing, I can say that I’m learning that nothing should ever surprise me. Kids really do keep you on your toes, don’t they?
Have you ever had your child take something totally innocent and turn it into something inappropriate?
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