As parents the power of our words run deep. Even when we think they're not paying attention our children are soaking up everything they hear. So it was no surprise that Abigail laughingly said to me, "You are a stupid Mommy!" the other day. *gulp* I have a tendency to mumble, "Stupid cat" when Beckett does something that irritates me. It may be under my breath but the words have impact! And of course my cat isn't stupid and neither am I. Poor Abby just didn't understand what the word meant at all and it wasn't said to hurt me.
I didn't get upset with her but I did let her know that wasn't a nice word and I apologized for using the word myself! Another thing that I say a ton that I really need to watch (and not just because of my kids) is "Oh my God!" While the first few times were cute hearing Abby's exasperated little munchkin voice let out an OMG it isn't something I want her repeating because in many contexts (aka non life-threatening) it isn't appropriate or respectful. So now we're trying to train ourselves to say something else, sometimes "Oh my goodness!"
What kinds of things have your kids said that had you going, "WHOA! Wait a minute... I need to watch what I say!"?
"Train your child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."