Things I Can’t Say

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There is nothing like becoming a parent to make you take a closer look at yourself.  It’s like holding up a mirror and seeing all of your flaws crystal clear. I’ve found that I pay more attention to what I do AND what I say! Some things that were totally harmless before don’t seem OK anymore. This is true, especially when it comes to my words. I was never much for cursing which works out – because that’s one less thing for me to cut out now. I do still need to watch what comes out of my mouth. Here are a few things that I am trying not to say in front of the wee one:

  • Shut up – I used to say this all the time. You know those times when someone would say something that’s outrageous or shocking. My response would be, shut up! Yeah, I’ve been letting this one go. I could just see him shouting that to his teacher when they say something outrageous. Teacher: Let’s change your diaper! LJ: Shut up! It could happen! To him a diaper change is totally outrageous.
  • Booty – If you are taking too long you might hear me say, “move your booty!” I might use the word booty for any number of reasons. Or even butt. Not so much anymore. R.I.P Booty – you will be missed
  • I don’t care – Who hasn’t let this phrase fly? I mean, sometimes, I really don’t care. I also really don’t want this repeated the next time I tell LJ something. He’s not allowed to not care about something…yet.
  • This sucks – Yep. I used to wear this phrase OUT! Let’s face it, a lot of things do SUCK! Being late sucks. Burning dinner sucks. Forgetting the diaper bag sucks. I just keep all sucky situations to myself now.

It seems my current barometer on what’s OK for me to say is “would I be cool with my son saying it on the playground?” If I would cringe at him saying it – then I try not to say it around him. When they say you get to re-live your childhood through your kids, they don’t mention this stuff. I wasn’t allowed to say any of these things when I was growing up and history is repeating itself. My son is totally my censor. Pfft. Who knew?  Have you changed how you speak?

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14 Responses to Things I Can’t Say
  1. MrsTDJ
    October 25, 2011 | 8:45 am

    Argh! Just when I thought our relationship was blossoming, you go and post a scary cat pic! *lol*
    Yes, I’ve found myself having to dial back my comments while driving. The other day someone cut me off and I said, Thanks sh*thead. Well, uh later on, my son turned that one word into a son. =( I’m gonna do better!

  2. Minivan Mama
    October 25, 2011 | 10:06 am

    It is amazing how those little boogers change they way we speak. I think it is interesting how I’ve got a whole new language to cover up my old language.

  3. kita
    October 25, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Lol I have not changed my language at all but I need to because the kids are picking it up. I do try not to use I don’t care at all but the others I will have to work on.

  4. Natalie
    October 25, 2011 | 10:22 am

    This is great advice…they are definitely little sponges!

  5. blueviolet
    October 25, 2011 | 10:39 am

    I remember I never used the word dumb, stupid, hate,or butt. That’s all I can remember! But they watch us so closely that we really do have to be careful!

  6. This Cookn' Mom
    October 25, 2011 | 11:30 am

    Love the list! I had to quit saying “stupid”. Kids will say anything anywhere. They have no filter!

  7. Denise
    October 25, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    I’m guilty of all of those!! And I hate when I say them too! The worst one for me is “I don’t care” … I just really don’t sometimes!

  8. Q
    October 25, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Ooh, this would be hard. I don’t have kids, so I frequently use all of those phrases, but I have to imagine reinventing yourself for the sake of raising decent kids is hard, but necessary!

  9. Bonnie
    October 25, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    Hahahahahaha. I say all of these phrases all on my own — I don’t even have kids!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  10. Barbara
    October 26, 2011 | 6:32 am

    My husband thinks it is hysterical when our son repeats something he shouldn’t say. I remember the last time he said “Oh my God mom” and he’s only 2! I’m sure if he didn’t get so much positive reinforcement he wouldn’t say half the stuff he isn’t supposed to. I’ve been really trying to watch what I say more and more though because now that parrot stage has arrived.

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:54 pm

      I like that you call it the parrot stage! That’s exactly what it is!

  11. Baby Shopaholic
    October 26, 2011 | 7:14 am

    Lucky for me I don’t curse! If I did, i am sure P will curse somebody out! I prob still need to edit some things out. I try to say thank you and hi alot, and she does also.

  12. Jen @ A Touch of Lovely
    October 26, 2011 | 8:11 am

    I’ve been pretty good at watching my language, but sometimes you don’t realize how often you say something until your little sponge repeats it back.

    This morning it was “crap.” Not too terrible, but not something I want her saying constantly at school!

    • Cam
      October 26, 2011 | 8:54 pm

      I’m so guilty of “crap”. I LOVE that word for some reason. Totally should have made the list!

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