If you need support with your kids, don’t vacation with your girlfriends.
A few weeks ago, I was at the beach with my family and also my girlfriends Crystal and Tawni. I admit, I can have a mouth like a sailor. However, for some reason when I’m with these ladies, the Curse-o-Meter gets turned up to 11 and my mouth can be bad (especially if we are having adult beverages and playing games).
To say that I don’t curse around my kid would, well, be a lie. I’m good most of the time, but there are times when she’s around and I’m venting, or talking to a partner on a business call, or I’m frustrated and she overhears things. Most of the time, she doesn’t even care or inquire about the words, but on occasion she will ask things like, “Mommy, what did you mean when you said he was an asshole?”
So when we were on vacation, the adults would sit on the porch overlooking the water each night and play games. These games could get pretty heated. (I mean, if you’ve played Cards Against Humanity you totally get how colorful it was.) The kids ran around the yard and played or watched TV inside, so it didn’t even occur to me that the kids were listening.
Until one afternoon.
We were taking a break from the beach and playing a dice game called Tenzi with my 6 year old. (By the way, that game totally rocks and can be played by kids of all ages!) As my daughter rolled the dice, she looked down and realized she didn’t get the roll she wanted.
“Oh shit.” she said as she looked down at her dice.
You know those times as a parent when you think you hear your kid say something, but you’re not sure? Well, I didn’t have that chance because she verified it for me.
“OH SHIT!” she said, still looking down.
My wide eyes shot up to Crystal with a “Holy hell, what do I do now?” look–who was super helpful in choking on her drink and running into the house so that my kid wouldn’t see her laughing.
I then looked over to Tawni for some support, who was cackling by then.
It was like a little 6 year old, “Oh SHIT SHIt SHit Shit…” was echoing down the beach.
I explained to my kid that she was using an adult word and that when she gets older she can decide if she wants to use it, but for now she better stick to words she’s allowed to say. She seemed OK with that, until a few nights later when she came in and said, “Whatever you do, DO NOT watch the show on channel 71. They just said, ‘Get your ass in here.'”
Have you ever cursed in front of your kids? Have your kids ever cursed in front of you? Have you tried to stop cursing? I’d love to hear your stories, or you can just leave me hanging here feeling like PARENT OF THE YEAR alone…