Cussin’ Children: A Vlog!

Hey friends. I’m trying something new and super fun around here. I’m going to be joining forces every once in a while with my local blogging friend, Cara Meredith (who blogs at Be, Mama, Be) to talk about whatever we feel like talking about.

Today, we’re chatting about our kids and their naughty language. (I should probably use “naughty” in quotes because I don’t even let my boys say “butt”…I know, I know. Weird?) Also, we both break into song at various points, so get excited!

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  • Steve Bezner

    When Micha uttered the words, “We use ‘toushie’…if we are getting a little crazy,” I may have cackled in my office. And tell your boys I’m teaching that butt song to my kids this evening.

    • Fred Harrell

      Terely and I just watched this and loved that a child was wailing in the background. :)

  • Angela

    Micah and Cara, hilarious! Love it! Micha, you use the words we do too! Guess it is a Texas (or Amarillo) thing, but frankly, I think it just sounds nicer!!! :)

  • Sambook

    Y’all are SILLY. I love it! Thanks for making me giggle. I also was not allowed to say “butt” or “fart” growing up. In fact, our house was a NO FARTING zone. I am not sure how we managed that. My adult household is different – pregnancy changes a girl, can I get a witness? We say “booty” which is funny but appropriate. Last year, my son’s teacher was greatly amused that Thomas cheerfully pointed out the booty when they were naming body parts.

  • R Detrick

    You ladies are hysterical. Thank you. I had a 5 year old (he’s now 10), who, at hearing there were actually 365 days in a year, exclaimed: “That’s F….ing Awesome!” – and ladies, I almost crashed the car trying to figure out how not to laugh and at the same time explain that that is never a word that we use. Never. It’s been interesting, to say the least, as I have a general rule that we tell the kiddos what actual words mean, stressing that they’re only words and it’s just human constructs that make them “bad”….Be forewarned that this kind of explanation leads to questions like: “Well, can we just cuss at home then?!”…..bad parenting. fun. :)Happy Friday!

  • Leigh Kramer

    I want to hang out with you two right this second! Let’s make it happen.

  • Kerri

    This was hilarious—from the standpoint of a mama whose youngest is 16 now. I tried to stop the “fart” train, but with boys….it was just something that I eventually gave up on. As to Cara’s problem: can your toddler be persuaded that that is just an “at home” word? (The pronunciation will probably get better in time!)
    One little helpful hint that worked for us, for kids who were willfully continuing to use words that we didn’t appreciate, was a spoonful of vinegar. Tastes bad, but totally healthy and natural. :) Worked for whiny-ness or sassy talk, too.

  • Lesley

    Well first of all- the bangs are adorable. Second- I’m also a firm believer in not using the word butt or fart. We use “toot” around here, which is a better alternative to the phrase I grew up with… “Sit on a duck.” Used in a sentence: “Mommy! Scott just sat on a duck and it smells!” Sigh. There’s polite alternatives to “fart” and then there are weird alternatives to fart. I think we both know which one the duck falls into. :)

  • pastordt

    I LOVE THIS. You two are priceless. And Micha? If you want to loosen your language a little, I have just one word for you: SEMINARY. I totally learned to swear when I was a seminary student. And it was amazingly freeing, I must say. :>) Cara, your littlest is NOT swearing and you just tell that Y lady to BUTT OUT. (Pardon my French. . . )

  • Catie

    There was definitely a point in my childhood when my dad got so sick of hearing my sister and I say “fart” constantly, that he demanded we instead use the word “fluff”. It’s funny now, but was not nearly as fun to say back then :)

  • Bronwyn

    Aw shi – you two are so funny!!

  • SarahDunningPark

    This was SO funny!!! I’m with you, Micha — I wasn’t allowed to say “butt” or fart,” either, and so those words are off-limits for our girls now. We say, “bottom,” and “toot” or “pass gas”… for a while there, though, the littler girls abbreviated that last one and would just say, “So-and-so gassed.” !! Which makes me think of off-gassing, which I guess is appropriate!!

  • Leah Davis

    Micha, you need to record that parking spot search song. I will be singing it from now on!!

  • Matt

    This is hilarious!

    My wife and I have two college kids and two teenage girls. Our swearing rules have evolved over the years. At this point, all of our swearing rules are contextual. Swearing may never be used to shock, offend, or hurt. It may be used, with great moderation/discretion, to amuse, blow off steam, or make a strong point. No word is really off limits per se by the time you are a late teen. But before that you are under some restrictions because you are still trying to learn the appropriate contexts where you can deploy certain words.

    Double standard? Well, yeah. Contextual/developmental rules work that way. But that is the way it works for all of us, isn’t it? (How many times did Mica, the good Texas girl, say “butt” in that vlog?)