Monday, February 14, 2011

Bad Words: Freedom of Speech at Home and in Public

Amy Mossoff over at The Little Things has a great post on curse words and children.

My wife and I have been talking about this issue as well. We both can get down right raunchy with our language at home. From the time we were in high school, if not before, we each cussed with our friends, usually far from earshot of our parents. We like our colorful word choices...used as Amy says for "shock value", as much as it is to pinpoint our meaning as for color and laughs.

Neither of wants to give this up, and have been looking for precise explanations of the value of colorful language and why it can been harmful for children, and for parental relationships with children, to be demanding with a child's choice of any age.

Amy nails several issues we hadn't even considered, and provides many, many avenues of exploration of this topic. I cannot recommend her blog post enough:

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