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Spelling words

padwanMy 6yo son became a teacher today. He taught two innocent little boys, including Pnut, the f-word. 😦

In his defense (and my own as his parent)… I swear he is a good kid. He just aimed a little too high when trying to impress his friend.

Where did he learn this from? I suspect at school where he has classes with older kids, or on YouTube (so much for parental controls). We don’t swear in our family.

Slo-mo

The boys were writing on the walls of their box fort in the back yard. I was actually kind of proud of myself that I’d found an “educational” activity for the boys to do during our playdate: practicing writing, being creative, not playing video games. Jpeg started with the word “poop”. Not my favorite choice, but pretty harmless. But when I saw him writing THAT word, my brain stalled and I couldn’t react fast enough. I saw him write “f” and thought surely he can’t be writing that word.  By the time “c” was written I realized I was thinking too slowly and just blurted out STOP!!!!

STOP!!!!

Jpeg, his friend, and Pnut all looked at me then looked back at what he wrote. After a pause, Pnut sounded out the letters and said the word out loud: “fuc!” And he and the friend began repeating it, over, and over, and over. My head was starting to spin.

Perfect. One of my 3 year old’s first reading words was the f-bomb. And then of course the friend began the barrage of questions: What’s fuc? What does fuc mean? Why is fuc bad? Please, tell me what it means!

Oh boy. The only way I could explain it was that it was a very bad word and if other moms found out Jpeg was the kid who was teaching kids this word, he would be banished from play dates forever. I made Jpeg scribble out the word and made a meaningless threat that I would get “very mad” if he ever wrote or uttered that word again. Don’t judge me – I am the first to admit that I don’t think all that well under pressure. In any case, he got the hint and realized his error in judgement.

The aftermath

In my panic I began to think about how I should handle the fact that my son inadvertently ruined his friend’s innocence. Do I pray that the friend doesn’t get inquisitive and ask his mom? That would be way too risky. So I texted his mom my confession:

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Thankfully she was kind enough to find the humor in it. It is kind of funny, though it is certainly a moment I will remember for a long time. And despite being the word it was, I am still kind of really proud that Pnut was able to use his phonics to put that word together. How’s that for a silver lining?

Have you ever caught your child being the bad influencer? Or been on the receiving end of it? What did you do?

 

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This entry was posted on June 1, 2014 by in Parenting and tagged , , , , .
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