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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rise and Shine --- Language demon

Good Morning and here we are again, me and you!

Remember that classic scene in the movie 'A Christmas Story' when Ralphie, while helping his dad fix a blown tire, blurted out the "THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!"
Of course, Ralphie then had his mouth washed out with soap, was sent to his room, blamed a friend and all hilarity ensued.
OK, little kids shouldn't be walking around cursing (should parents?). There are other words you can use when frustrated, upset, etc.
Still, swear words are the demons of the English language. It all depends on how you treat those demons.
A lot of parents will act like Ralphie's when a bad word comes out of a child's mouth. The child will be punished, get their mouth washed with soap, sent to their rooms, sometimes smacked on the bottom.
Everybody has their own way of handling the situation. Whether it is the right way or wrong way is up to you.
For me, I'd rather make the de-deomonize the words. I don't punish. I might say something like, "Come on, there are better things to say."
The funny thing about children is they like to test you. If you are arguing about, say, homework. You want it done now. The child says he will do it later. In the heat of the moment, to throw you off balance, the demon may come out of their mouth.
If you've taken the sting out of the word, it may not be used.
At least it's worked for me.
Now, get back to work.

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