my five-year old kid just used a swear word

July 22, 2008 9:20am CST
Last night, one of our bed posts got broken and my 5-year old kid casually and spontaneously said, "Putik, nasira na yun kama natin!" (S*&*&B^$@#@! Now our bed is ruined!" -- Putik means mud but since the tagalog version rhymes with the original swear word, a lot of people actually uses this as an "alternative"). I thought I heard her wrong so I asked her again what she said and she repeated it without malice. I calmly told her not to say anything like that again but she said but "Putik" means mud. I told her that in that context it actually meant another thing. But of course I couldn't really explain, what the other thing meant! Sigh...
2 responses
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I'm really surprised that you could even talk after hearing the words come out of her mouth. I remember the first time I ever heard my oldest child cuss, he was about 4 years old. The day before we were standing in live at a carry out waiting to pay and the man in front of us called the cashier a b*tch for some reason. That word became my son's favorite for about 2 minutes. When he first said it I was in shock, then punished him. I was so mad that adults do not think about what they are doing and/or saying.
24 Jul 08
It is embarrassing really but it's a fact of life I suppose. People swear, we get pissed off, we say and do a lot of stuffs we really shouldn't be doing. I don't want to encourage my daughter so I think right now, all I can do is guide her and let her realize that there are other ways to express ourselves. Thanks for the reply. :)
@haqueen (236)
• United States
22 Jul 08
i think u need to kick the kid but..coz she might turn wild....mmmmh am kidding ..its good how u handled the incident.u talked to her.. that was great..but mostly any word the kid says must be from one of the family members or the media.. so u shhoul check on those to..the family..and wat the kid is exposed to like ..tv.media..stuff
24 Jul 08
Exactly. There are just too much extraneous variables to "filter." I reckon all we can really do is make them understand/realize which to take and which to just ignore. Thanks for the reply. :)