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Swearing: Wrong or not? August 16, 2010

Posted by Admin in Blog.

What’s your opinion on swearing?

Now I’m no angel and I do swear.  I won’t swear in front of my grandparents, but then they’d hit me so that’s just self-preservation, and I’m trying to limit my swearing in front of C but when I’m in the company of people my own age then I do swear, rather a lot if I’m drinking at the same time!

Me and M have different opinions on children swearing.  I don’t think children should swear.  I hate it when I walk past a group of primary school age children and every other word is an expletive.  M, however, thinks its alright if it’s not directed at someone but just used in conversation.  Obviously he’s not condoning a 4-year-old swearing but when it’s teenagers he’s ok with it.

I guess we’re both entitled to our own opinion but we’re going to have to agree when it comes to what we expect of C when she gets older.  I don’t think I’ll be comfortable hearing her swear until she’s grown up and moved out (I’ve only dared swear in front of my own mother since I’ve been married) but I know it won’t bother M.

I do think of it as a respect thing.  Obviously that’s just how I am, maybe as I get older myself I’ll think this less but currently, in my mid-twenties, I just don’t feel right swearing unless it’s in front of people I know well.  Am I just odd?

We have “friends” who actually tell their 2-year-old to say various swear words, and not just the nicer ones, because they think it’s funny.  They do it when M and I visit their house (which is getting less and less now) and we both think it’s so wrong.  What’s funny about a toddler saying things which you’d  tell a 6-year-old off for?  What happens when they say it at school?

What are your opinions?  How will you feel when your children swear?  Will you let them or reprimand them?