Is there art in causing offence? (Should we *ucking swear?)

I recently submitted some work to a well known magazine but just as I finished the final edit, I noticed something that gave me pause for thought. Contained within the lines of my finished article were a few naughty words. I was faced with an ethical and potentially commercially relevant conundrum. Would these small little words, words that I use everyday, cause offence to the editor?...more

Dealing with the H-word

My son is very, very angry with me. He shouts at me and stomps his feet. When I don't react to that, he narrows his eyes, lowers his voice and says, "I hate you, Mommy."I have his school to thank for that....more

When Is A Swear Word Just A Swear Word?

By Meg HodsonI am a blogger. The power of words holds a special place in my heart and is very important to me. I have always loved to write. You might say I am fanatical about proper grammar and spelling. I get language. I know how to form a proper, complete sentence. I say "please" and "thank you". I don't start conversations with "me" or "and"....more

Be Careful What you Say, My Daughter is A Parrot

Be Careful What You Say. My Daughter Is A Parrot. ...more

My Adorable Little Daughter Erupted and shouted,...." #%*+*# ! "

The Joy of Mothering ...more
@HomeRearedChef and thank-you for your support and much needed encouragement and same to you. I ...more

My Preschooler Can Outswear Your Preschooler

The Power of a Word "Mom, when is it OK to say 'fucking'?" Max asked me as we pulled up in front of his preschool....more

Naughty Words | When your children surprise you with their vocabulary

I recently spent some time with my nieces and nephews ranging in age from 6 to 18 years which was delightful - and occasionally instructive. On one occasion I was quite shocked to hear my youngest niece address her 15 year old cousin as ‘penis breath’ which prompted the questions ‘why?’ and ‘where is she hearing that kind of talk?’. My niece is bilingual and only speaks English at home and I’m fairly sure her parents aren’t speaking to her or to each other in that way. So it begs the question what makes kids use offensive language?...more

Dropping the F-Bomb

I do it. You do it. We all do it. My friend Kelly over at Southern Fried Children prides herself on doing it (although I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say it out loud in person)....more

How does swearing even work??!

  Speaking of Cussing, I've been wondering what you all think about the topic. Specifically as it relates to kids... your own kids. Steve and I have our opinions- we really don't have a problem with it in most regards. He can probably speak to this a bit better than I can, though, being a smarty-pants PhD student who's studied linguistics quite extensively. ...more
Thanks for your comment- so nice to hear. Glad I'm not alone! @Michelle Youngquistmore