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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Modern Family and a Four Letter Luke-ism


Last night’s episode of Modern Family was great for a lot of reasons. If you’ve never watched this show, I highly recommend you start. In this episode, one of the preschool aged characters picks up a four-letter word and wears it out.

This is something every parent can relate to. At one point or another, every child will say something its parents don’t approve of. My ability to relate developed on Monday when I picked Luke up from preschool. I had just buckled him into his car seat and pulled away when he asked, “Mom, is shut-up a bad word?”
“Yes, it is,” I told him.
“Well, shit!”

I wasn’t sure if I had heard him correctly so I didn’t say anything at all. However, when he used the same four-letter word several more times I was no longer able to ignore it.  Reprimanding and reprogramming commenced, which is why I now carry a bar of soap in my purse, and in my car.
Now, I’m not going to point fingers and say where I think he heard that word (Brantley L. Wescott) because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is what we do about it. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether to correct the behavior, or ignore it and lead by example. Arguments could be made for both sides, and there’s no right or wrong answer. (Don’t email me and tell me there is.)

I guess my point is this, though every family and circumstance is different, we all go through similar struggles. I couldn’t see the humor in my own situation this week, but it was pretty funny when it was happening to someone else on TV. I had to share.



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