What Happens When The Little Darlings Swear?Blog
posted October 24th 2018
I love being a grandparent. I am not a purple rinse grandmother who sits knitting all day, I like to be as hands on as possible with my grandchildren. I hope it goes some way to keeping me young in spirit. My husband and I are very lucky to have shared a home with my son and his wife since my oldest grandchild was nine months old, and not so lucky that my daughter decided to emigrate to Australia. So I live with two grandchildren, and the other two are the other side of the world, but I still see them as often as possible.
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We always tried not to swear around our grandchildren, but they heard it elsewhere, or when granddad did not realise they were within earshot. They would often repeat words without being able to say them properly or knowing what they mean. When Clara was 2 she went through a phase of telling people to “p*** off “. The first time you hear it you are not sure if you have heard correctly, and then it is very hard not to laugh. Then, at a similar age, one of the boys heard another bad word and kept telling everyone they were a “silly basty”.
As they don’t understand what they are saying, it is easy to come up with words that they think are a bit naughty, but really are fine. Letting Ryan believes as a 3 year old that calling someone a pumpkin was swearing, saved us many an embarrassing moment, but he thought it was great fun.
So do you laugh at your grandchildren when they swear, or do you tell them off? Swearing is part of every day life and they will always hear it somewhere, more so these days than ever before.