The "S-word" Is Not a Preschool Word (Even if Daddy Says It)

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Whether you are a four-letter word professional or more of a curse word virgin, most of us would agree that we don't really want to be hearing those dirty words uttered by our darling little mini-me's.

We attempt to watch what we say around them and make sure to mute the TV when they toddle into the living room after hours to ask for "just one more good night kiss."

I don't know about you, but I also have to watch what songs I'm listening to on the radio, since my two little people think that it's their job to silently record every song, commercial jingle and DJ rant they hear, only to repeat it back at inopportune times. {This is where you should picture a sweet little five year old singing JT's "Damn Girl!" while riding in grammy's car to church. Ooops!}

stock78Yesterday while driving home from work/school/daycare, I was attempting to foster a sense of family time by asking my five-year-old diva how her day went. She proceeded to dish about how another little girl had said "the S-word" at preschool. My six-year-old responded, "You mean the word that dad always says? "Bull s-word?"

I had to stifle my laughter because, yes, my husband does have a flair for the "S-word" but he works in construction, so I'm thankful the "S-bomb" is the only thing getting dropped around my kids (who, as you can probably guess, are quite quick to tattle!).

I attempted to divert the attention away from poor dad, who wasn't in the car to defend himself (or laugh along with me) and asked, "What did the teacher say?" "She said that 'S-word' wasn't a preschool word."

This was my favorite part of the conversation. I expected to hear something like, "She said not to say bad words," or something like that, but I love that the "S-word" didn't get shamed into being bad on its own. It was just something that wasn't appropriate for preschool talk.

How awesome is that? The old "S-word" got a little bit of honoring that day, I think!

Now, I'm not saying we should alert the FCC and get the "S-word" added into the "Ok to use" list for TV or radio, and I still will probably be watching when and where I use it. I'm one of those Bible girls who likes to listen to advice like this from Ephesians:

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

Normally, my use of the "S-word" is connected to a large amount of complaining or frustrating situations I may find myself in. It really isn't used often to build others up. But I'm wondering if the "S-word" could ever fall into the "build others up according to their needs" category... as in "Hey, friend! Look out! You're about to step in a big pile of sh!t!" That would certainly build me up. I hate stepping in poo.

What do you think? Is the "S-word" given the green light in your household? At what age can little kids hear a word and know that although it may be fine and normal for home, but not cool for school?


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