Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The Piney Woods of Texas
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Okay, my daughter just started Kindergarten. I LOVE the teacher, love the curriculum, love the classroom, love the school . . . I have been thrilled.
However, I forgot that exposing my daughter to public school is exposing her to things I didn't want her to learn yet. One of those are *ahem*. . . forms of expression.
We went to the grocery after store and as always, we get good talking there. My dd says, "Mom, I heard a bad word in school today." I just kept walking, but in my head I'm thinking, "ALREADY!?!" Anyway, I asked her what was said and after she sort of fumbled around for a while, she said, "Caleb said 'NASS!'"
I repeated it (apparently a little too loud) - "NASS?" I asked her. She said, "MOM!! Not so loud!"
So, I asked her HOW he said it.
"At the playground, he told another boy that he was going to kick his nass."
"OH!" (I got it)
I told her that he wasn't meaning to say "Nass," and I shared with her (after much thought) that he meant to say, "Ass."
She exclaimed, "LIKE HINEY????"
She was quiet, "That is a REALLY bad word momma!"
I agreed by nodding and then, with a little humor, I added, "Yep, and if I ever hear that you said it, I'm going to kick your nass!"
She looked at me and we both cracked up.
It is nice when they turn 5 and you can use a form of smarty humor that would be inappopriate in any other situation.
She 'got' that it was inappropriate, but she also learned that she could confide in me.
It really felt like one of those moments that you catch only once in a while.