After my nail appointment on Friday afternoon, I left the salon which sits right next door to a sandwich place. At the exact time I walked out the door, a dad and his two young sons were leaving the sandwich shop, and I found myself right in the middle of a parenting moment. "You better get your act together and show me some fucking respect!" he hollered at one of his sons. It's never a good sign when someone is yelling AND swearing so I tried to make myself very small and hustle to the car. I think the dad realized I heard him as he said the whole thing again when he walked to the care, but switched to "...show me some freaking respect!"
Isn't it ironic that he was demanding respect and showing his kid such little respect at the exact same time.
When did swearing at your kid become ok? Back in the olden days when I was young like these boys, I didn't know any adults who swore...in front of me at least. It just wasn't done. Like everything else, times have changed and those taboo words have certainly become more mainstream. We hear it in a lot of music and on tv, and the movies put them in like their trying to win a contest. They've even become a part of our regular vocabulary. I've been known to drop an f-bomb or two when I'm angry.
But I'm having a hard time with it being used so freely, or at all really, around little kids. There's no way to shield children completely from the "bad words" as the entertainment business doesn't really care about them, but with that being said, shouldn't the people who are supposed to care be a bit more conscientious about keeping them small and innocent for a little while anyway.
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