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A casual comment from an acquaintance has helped me realize we can't sit on the sidelines when it comes to name calling, and about one specific kind of name calling in particular.

Mommy Files: It’s Time to Speak Out about the ‘G’ Word

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trex_in_boots
Nov. 27th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading your article. I feel that teaching kids what words are not good words to use at a young age can help them better understand in the long run that they aren't nice words to use.
alycewilson
Dec. 6th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Definitely! It's a good reminder that everything I say is something he might repeat. I also learned that this week when he called a fellow kid in his soccer class a "wackadoodle," which is what I call him when he gets silly! The other kid had never heard the term and countered with, "No, YOU'RE a mud puddle!" This devolved into the whole soccer class of 3- and 4-year-old volunteering what sort of puddle they each were. :)
trex_in_boots
Dec. 7th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
Okay that's cute.
alycewilson
Dec. 7th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes, my days are filled with cuteness. And temper tantrums (his, usually).
friscokitty
Nov. 27th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
This.
alycewilson
Dec. 6th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm sure you're conscious of that all the time with Ian, too.
halfshellvenus
Dec. 3rd, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
What an inappropriate thing to say to a complete stranger, and for the woman to blithely continue on as though it was no big deal? Gah!

I heard my son use "gay" as a synonym for stupid a few weeks ago, and we had a BIG talk about that. We'd talked about it years ago, but he's 14 now. His friends are doing it, which is no excuse, and I can't believe I'm having that conversation as a reprimand instead of a random "by the way" with him.

For the record, there is nothing wrong or peculiar about KFP's hat. Good grief. :(
alycewilson
Dec. 6th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
I've run into some outstanding rude people since having a child, but I think it probably would have been worse in the working-class hometown where I grew up.

I'm relieved to hear that you had a talk with your son about why it's wrong to call things "gay." He's probably heard it from other kids and doesn't realize how doubly hurtful it can be.

And I agree: the hat's adorable and much more of a "big boy" hat, which is what he wanted. He refused anything that looked like a cute animal. :)
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