A couple of weeks ago E1 had learned his first "bad" word from school. It wasn't technically a bad word but it was one that I didn't want my kids to be using. So, what was the word? It was "weirdo".
E1 came home and started calling everything weirdo and thought it was funny. We never use that word in our house, so I pulled him aside and asked him where he had heard that word. He said school and he thought it sounded funny. I asked him if he knew what it meant and he said "No". So I explained to him that people use it to call other people that are different or they don't understand and it wasn't nice so I didn't want him to use that word again. We also talked about a Veggie Tale lesson that dealt with people that are different and how we should try to get to know them and be friendly.
I'm happy to say that he understood and haven't used that word again. But it did make me think of other words that our family has deemed "bad". Here are a couple of them and why we don't use them:
1) Stupid --I want the kids to never consider themselves or anyone else stupid . In the future, I'm sure there will be subjects in school where they will not be good at which might be because they lack interest in it or it isn't taught in a way they can understand. But I never want them to think it's because they are "stupid".
2) Ugly--I try my best to avoid using this word to describe anything because I want to do our best early on to build a positive self and body image, especially for our girls. I'll use words like "different" or "unusual" instead.
Are there any words you don't use in your family even if they aren't technically bad words?