Casually walking around Staples the other night, P starts the following conversation:
"Mom, there are 4 bad words. One begins with an 'H' and one begins with an 'S' and one begins with an 'A' and one begins with an 'F'. Can you say them for me?"
Oh, goodness my mind was all a flutter and I could feel my face starting to burn. I will admit that I do, at times, like to sprinkle my vocabulary with said four letter word enhancers but I do my best to not do it in front of my children. And I rarely use the "A" word!
I took a deep breath and calmly asked P where she heard these words and completely expecting the finger to point at myself, she answered "at school" and preceded to tell me who exactly in her class says these words and when they say them and what happens when they are said in class. She also listed a couple other girls who frequently use the "H" word.
Holding back a "What the 'F'ing 'H' is wrong with these dumb 'A' kids today who don't give a 'S' about anybody but themselves!" I calmly replied with "it is not appropriate to use bad words at school or out in public. It is disrespectful and rude."
And with that our four letter word discussion ended. I was much relieved she only knew four!