Yesterday I was pulling lunch out of the fridge when Charlotte came into the kitchen.
"Mom, Ethan said f%#@ is a bad word." (Insert incredulous snort here, after all, its such a weird, funny word, out of all the BAD words, how could that be one?)
Caden was playing nicely with legos at the table.
"F&#@? What is F&#@?"
Charlotte: " So if someone says F&#@ is that bad?"
Me: "um, yes. Yes its a bad word and we shouldn't say it. But you didn't know that. Whoever you heard that from shouldn't say it. You know, there are a lot of bad words out there and thats probably the worst one, so lets not say it, mkay?"
Caden: "So, if a big boy says F&#@ we can say it right, we can tell you they said F&#@."
Me: "well, lets not say it at all, okay? If someone says it, you can tell me they said the "F-Word" ok?"
Charlotte meanwhile is crying because she thinks she is in trouble.
Caden: "What is the F..f..F-word? What does that mean?"
Me: "Its what we can say instead of the other word I just said we shouldnt say."
Caden: " Ok. We shouldnt say F&#@.. We should say The F-Word."
Charlotte ( whispering) : "What if they say F&#@ing heck. We shouldn't say that either right? Because thats a bad word too."
Caden:" Lets say The F-word."
Me: "Ok lets not say The F word. Lets just not say anything, ok? Dont say it anywhere. I love you. Don't say anything."