As my wife and I were sitting in the living room, just hanging out this past Saturday morning, our youngest, Abigail, entered the room. Our oldest, Matthew, soon followed. I think our middle one, Noah, came in too. It’s like they know when we want to just sit and relax for a few minutes. Well, Abigail decided she wanted to put on a pair of Noah’s underwear over her pull-up. As I was looking straight at my wife’s face, I could see something happening in her brain. It was like she wasn’t sure what to say but the wheels were turning. Abigail began walking around showing off the underwear and her pull-up must have been full because her butt stuck out a bit. Then all of a sudden, my wife blurted out “Baby got back”! And immediately her eyes got real big and she looked at me with her mouth wide open, as if to say, why did I just say that”. She was kind of laughing a little. Of course, our quick little 7-year-old, Matthew, wasted no time in repeating the phrase… “Baby got back!” he said. He giggled and thought it was funny only because Mommy was laughing (but Daddy was not). He had no idea what he just said or what it meant. I had to do some quick Father Damage Control (FDC). I just made up that term, lol.
Needless to say I hope Matthew took my WARNING to heart. Or maybe he’ll simply forget about that phrase and move on with his busy life. Clarissa and I don’t cuss. The worst word we say is Crap. And the boys know that’s a “Bad word”! So Matthew told me some things the other day. He said, “Daddy, someone at school said the “S” and “F” words”. He whispered in my ear “Yeah, they said stupid, shut-up and fudge”. I said “Oh, well, we don’t say those words, right?” “Right, Daddy” he said proudly. Because he knows if he says a “bad word”, the soap’s coming out and we might have a case of “Soap Poison” (reference to the awesome movie “A Christmas Story”).
So, be careful what you say around your kids.They repeat everything. As the saying goes, with kids, things are more caught than taught. They are little sponges! To all you parents reading this, try holding your tongue. I TRIPLE-dog-dare-ya!
(And yes, my wife approved this post. And no, she does not know the rest of the song!)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)