What did I learn this week?

Kids say the darndest things

OK, so please do not read this post if you are (a) offended by bad language, (b) shocked by things kids say, or (c) thinking of posting a comment opining that this is simply a result of poor parenting – JUST SO YOU KNOW!

On Saturday I was getting out of the shower when I hear C with Corey in her room (yes, she does indeed have her own room, even though she sleeps with us). What I hear goes something like this:

“Daddy, help me get this f*****g thing out.”


Daddy! Help me get this f*****g thing out.”

Pause. And then a bit more insistent,

Daddy! Help me get this f*****g thing out!”

Still nothing in response, so I go into the room, wondering what said f*****g thing might be that my lovely daughter is requesting assistance with. I see Corey sitting in the armchair in the corner just pursing his lips and shaking his head, but, as usual, saying nothing in response. C is buried in her closet, brows furrowed with effort and concentration, trying to pull out a shoe box stuck underneath some other boxes.

Corey looks at me and raises his eyebrows (translation: “help, what is our coordinated parenting response on this one?”). I sigh, and say calmly,

“Now, C, that isn’t a very nice thing to say to Daddy, is it?”

C unfurrows her brow, puts on her nicest face, and says very sweetly to Corey,

“Daddy, would you please help me get this f*****g thing out?”

Sorry, but at that point I had to leave, because whatever the proper and coordinated parenting response might be, I was fairly sure it wasn’t to burst out laughing. At least, I was fairly sure that wouldn’t be a response Corey would be on board with.

As a PS to those concerned with this incident, I told Corey later that the best response was to ignore “the word” and she would forget it quickly enough.  Although, given her response above, I’m actually not sure if she really didn’t know what she was saying, or if she is so clever that she could come up with a smart response on the spot.

If you know C, I don’t think you know the answer to that one either.

5 Responses to “Kids say the darndest things”

  1. I think you should ask your Dad how she picked up the diverse vocabulary. Swear he must, learn she will.

  2. Well, I did mention that to him Rod, and he denied vehemently that he had used that particular word around her…I think we can all just nod and say “OK”…:)

  3. Was perusing for stories on the littel dude, and came across this.

    Man, that was a great story! What a way to start a week. You had me laughing out loud in my chair at work here!

    She is so smart! She knew the “missing” word when she needed to use to ask nicely!

    You go girl, and don’t let the “Man” hold you back! 🙂

  4. O.K………….. Justine, first of all, A Big Congrats of the very BIG …W! Too Cool, all the best!

    As Ted (above), I too got to your blog via announcement of W. (o.k…. your blog IS certainly different style than the Core… I LIKE IT!)

    The F word……………. hmmmm…… as I was raised by a San Francisco longshoreman in the fifties, my Dad’s communication skills were loose and to the point. Mow the f…k’n lawn. Great f..k’n) day ain’t it……. Get a fu…k’n haircut, etc. you get the point. 40 years later as my language skills were/are decidingly rather hustler, bluecollar and my spelling with out spell check is even worst and this is with a relativly good education, I have two late teens that use the “F” bomb with abandon. From their age of 13 to 18, the F word IS A STATEMENT of violence.. (with a Vipassana presence, Try listening to this: “Move the f..ck’n chair…… fu..ck’n book…….. great fu..k’n haircut…… that painting is f..ck’n awful…. the fu..k’n car………you get the point. You get the point, eh. Even if we shelter the spawn from the rougher current, some shit gets through. Benighn neglect? hmmm. Your/our challenges are equnimus modeling…… and to hope the spellcheck works.
    Happy Kanada Day!

  5. Ha HA! Snort, snort! this story made me laugh out loud! I concur with Rod…swear he does, learn she will. No slouch, your C!

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