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Do you ever talk dirty in front of your kids?

Asked by Benny (917points) March 25th, 2009

This morning my wife was rushing my 8 year old daughter off to school while I was eating breakfast. My daughter was sniffling and my wife said, “You need a blow!” I called down, “I could use a blow too!” My daughter yelled, “What?” I said, “My nose is stuffy!”

My wife just rolled her eyes and left.

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PeanutBrother's avatar

hah good idea. when the kid laughs that’s when you know they’re learning the dirty words in school.

willbrawn's avatar

My parents did sometimes, I think it was funny for them to see my reaction more than anything. Ugh dont like thinking about it.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I don’t have kids, but whether or not I talk dirty depends on their age. Under 16, I watch my mouth. Sure, I knew most all the dirty words and phrases by 10, but it weirded me out when adults spoke that way in my presence or to me.

Benny's avatar

@aprilsimnel I have chronic sinus problems and two recent sinus surgeries, so my saying I needed to blow my nose wasn’t out of the ordinary. My daughter had no idea what I was joking about.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Well, puns are different. Most little kids aren’t up on puns like that, sure. I meant out-and-out dirty.

Benny's avatar

@aprilsimnel Oh, I agree. I would never say, for example, “Come fuck me baby” or anything like that. We’re actually very VERY careful in our language around her as she has ears like a bat.

dalton's avatar

You naughty boy.

mattbrowne's avatar

Always tried to avoid that. In a few cases I failed.

VS's avatar

Well, my son is 35 so it really doesn’t matter if I let the occasional “F” bomb slip!

Benny's avatar

@VS My 22 year old nephew came backpacking with us a couple of years ago. He heard plenty of cussing from me as we were humping up a particularly steep hill.

GAMBIT's avatar

Once I said that it was raining so much I got mud all over the carpet.

Darwin's avatar

No. And I wish my son wouldn’t talk dirty in front of me. He is only fourteen but does it to shock us. Instead he gets in trouble.

OTOH he claims I talk dirty to him – I say things like “Clean your room” and “Do your homework” and “No, you can’t” and he just hates it.

redstripe11's avatar

They’re going to hear the words anyway at school. It’s like anything else. If I drink a beer in front of my children, they dont drink it because I’ve instilled in them that they have to wait until they’re older. I tell them, “you can talk like that when you are older.” Kids can see through when an adult is being fake.

I think if you explain to them that there are “grown-up” words and mommy and daddy use them sometimes when they drop heavy things on their feet or hammer their thumb, then it’s okay.

Benny's avatar

@redstripe11 I agree, although I just generally avoid the issue by not saying adult words in front of her any time. Although sometimes I slip—I was watching a basketball game and there was a bad call by a ref. I yelled, “What the HELL was that?” She caught me.

Dansedescygnes's avatar

As a younger child, I don’t remember my parents using bad words much. Now they mostly use them when angry. And so do I, of course. I will also occasionally use them casually in front of my parents and they don’t mind. I don’t really use bad words in public, though, and neither do my parents.

Jack79's avatar

Generally no, but some dirty words have slipped on a couple of occasions.

RocketGuy's avatar

My kids pick up on bad language too.

Remember the scene from High Anxiety – pee pee envy?:

Strauss's avatar

Only after they’ve grown up to adulthood, and then I will occasionally crack the dirty joke.

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