Thursday, March 13, 2008

So you know where you can take your potty language

FlapScrap said...

Forty years ago in England, the word "bloody" was as offensive as the so-called "F-word" is today. It's wonderful that we vest some words with enough power to convey our feelings. Instead of forbidding the full use of our language (with soap or with "comment deleted") we should teach a healthy respect for it, as we would with any tool.

One WME for you, and one for the administrator!

We Mamas here each have our own parenting style. I admire Karen's writing lines and mouth-washing. Chez Stoll, we allow potty language - which is our generic term for both talking about the process of excreting waste and use of words deemed inappropriate for public use. Occasionally, there is a stream of such words that Lauren will have the need to release there. I think it's just as important to know how to use these tools as it is to know when you can't use them.

As for the blog, as it reads in our sidebar: Your comments are welcome as long as they're polite. We reserve the right to delete comments that aren't polite, use inappropriate language, or advertise products.


Chaotic Joy said...

The language "thing" is because of me. While we are all worst mama's here we have (as Epiphany just pointed out) different parenting, and life, philosophies. In our home we find certain words offensive and don't use them. Parents and children alike. I understand that not all the contributors here share my beliefs but I requested that we keep the blog clean because people I know (including, occasionally, my two older children) read it.

The comment deleting was out of respect for me, which I appreciate immensely. That being said, we are happy to have you share your opinions in the manner which you did in the comments.

FlapScrap said...

I understand it, too. It's a tricky business teaching kids to moderate their anger & frustration and I admire anybody working on it.

Once I told my grandson to quit tattling on his sister just to enjoy seeing her punished. I said, "You two should protect each other!" all the while picturing him ten years hence as he secretly helps her bury a body.

Inconsistency, thy name is parent.