I think this is an obvious case of "to each his own". I saw the video and thought it was adorable. Yes, I'd probably cringe if my sons used that language in public, which has happened and I'm sure will happen again. Kids pick things up, it's unavoidable. We talk to them about appropriate language and discourage it as much as possible, but I won't say that I didn't laugh (with my face turned away) when my then-3 y/o yelled "Somebody needs to turn off that f-ing car alarm!" across the mall parking lot.
I agree with this post 100%.
Am I being needlessly judgemental and a bit OTT here by finding it actually quite offensive? I'm amazed at how many people I know (with kids) who are sharing the vid, and when I ask "What if your child came out with that?", they respond "Oh he'd be on the naughty step for a week." So why is it funny if it's someone else's child?!
Just curious if you asked your friends the bold above and what was their response?
This falls into the "kids say the darndest thing" category. If the child uses the F-bomb as a regular part of her vocabulary then I agree, the parenting is amiss. But we don't know that
, so yes, I do think that you are being needlessly judgemental and a bit OTT. Sorry, but you asked.
We lived next door to an elderly gentleman who, when he was in his cups, would swear up and down the wall (which was often.) Especially using the G-D phrase if he dropped something or otherwise hurt himself in some way. Listening to him was unavoidable unless we wanted to keep our windows closed or didn't go outside at all.
I was doing laundry one day with DD#1 (3 at the time) helping me. I dropped the lid of the washer on my thumb. I grabbed my thumb, hopped around on one foot, gritted my teeth in order to not
say what I was thinking.
DD#1 looked up at me with a big ol' grin on her face and said "G-D that hurts! Right mom?"
She looked so pleased with herself because she used that phrase in the correct context.
Yes, I did giggle later and shared the story with all I knew because I found it rather cute and funny due to innocence
. (I bet you shared your story too, amylouky, didn't you?)
No, she was not "on the naughty step for a week" because this wasn't a cause for punishment. It was a cause for further informational conversations about what are polite words and what words were unacceptable in polite company.
Which led to the game of "Oh you swore!" when LDH let an F-bomb fly or some such thing.
Which led to the DDs never swearing while they were growing up . . . well, at least not in front of me.
Kids don't know that certain things they mimic from adults are not correct until they are taught otherwise. Hopefully the parents of that little girl in the video will teach her what is appropriate language and what is not.
Off topic -- I enjoy watching the Ice Bucket Challenge videos. I think they are humorous, fun and some get quite creative!
My favorite so far is Patrick Stewart's -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty6-Ug1wk-0