Anonymous Mom: Refusing To Talk To Your Kids About Racial Slurs Is Bad Parenting
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There are some moments in parenting that we dread and some things for which
we think we are all prepped for. The first thing that springs toÂ mind is sex. Nope, not that one. There was something else that totallyÂ caught me off guard. Something for which I was shockingly unprepared.
My son is obsessed with swearing. He loves the sound, the intensity,Â the silliness, and the freedom that surely must come with the ability to sayÂ whateverthefuck you want wheneverthehell you want because that’s whatÂ adults do. We swear. Constantly. It’s just fuck-fuckity-fuck-fuck andÂ shitgoddamnpissbitch 24/7 when you’re a grown-up. He believes this withÂ all his sweet little heart.
One evening, while listening to the news, a reporter said “The N Word.” My son got that gleamÂ in his eye. A new off-limits word – that he didn’t know – was on the
horizon. Oh boy!