I Swear: I Gotta Quit the Habit

Last Tuesday, I pulled into our garage, closed the garage door, and proceeded to get the boys out of the car. I gave my keys to my 1-year-old as a diversionary tactic while I focused on the 3-year-old. Suddenly, my car alarm went off – the baby had pressed the panic alarm on my key. I swear, the sound was enough to wake the dead. I must have jumped three feet in the air.

My 3-year-old covered his ears and began to scream. I began to scream as well, which, in retrospect, was probably not the most parent-like thing to do. I ran to the baby and pried the keys from his little hands. I desperately mashed all of the buttons, and finally, the alarm stopped. My 3-year-old and I stared at each other. We were both panting, and my heart was racing. Then we both looked at the baby, who was cool as a cucumber, with a look that seemed to say, “Wow, did I do that?”

Later that evening, in thinking about the whole incident, I remembered that I had let a four-letter word slip while I was desperately trying to shut off the alarm. Actually, I’ve noticed that I’ve had a few four-letter slips take place in front of the kids lately. Which is why on Wednesday, I made a decision: I’m going to try to give up cursing during Lent.

Does The Introspective Mom curse? Yes, she does. I admit it. I don’t ever curse at anyone, but I do curse to myself at times. It’s such a release for me when I’m under stress. Apparently, there’s even research saying that cursing can be good for you! Just for the record, I really don’t think that cursing is a terrible thing, or that you’re a bad person if you do curse now and again. My only real issue with cursing is that I don’t like that I can’t seem to control it enough in order to not do it in front of the boys. Which is why I’m going to try to quit for Lent and, hopefully, beyond.

Already, it hasn’t been easy, and I’ve had some slips. Today, for example, was awful. But I’m trying, and it is getting better. I’m going to keep praying about it and working on it. I want to quit now, before my 3-year-old picks up any bad habits. I still can’t get him to stop saying “poop” a million times a day. If he picks up a swear word, then I’ll be in really deep…. trouble!


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