We've all heard the saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." But the truth is, they will. I still remember a name I was called in middle school. It hurt me so much that I never forgot it, and I won't even write it here. Names do hurt.
But kids call names. They just do. And as parents of four kids, it's something we deal with.
I feel like family life is a constant work in progress, and this is an issue we're working on right now. John and I are trying to clean up our potty mouths, and work on the kids' name calling.
There are some names that are obviously taboo, such as curse words. But some really depend on your perspective, and that's something we're struggling with right now. There are some words that I don't find offensive, but John does; there are some that John does not find offensive, yet I do.
For example, 'doofus' and 'freak'. Are these just silly names? Or offensive words?
You may suggest banning name-calling completely, and while that's not a bad idea, I just don't see it happening. At least not without constant discipline, and let's face it, that's exhausting. And the fact is we've allowed it this long, we can't expect the kids to just become Brady Bunch perfect angels overnight.
So here's where I need your help.
What words are totally forbidden in your home? What names are considered offensive? Mean? Hurtful? And which are considered just silly, playful, typical-kid stuff? I really want to get the perspective & opinion of other people & parents on this issue. Help a mama out!