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07:19 am: The F-word
"I will never cuss until I'm a grown-up, and then only at the bad guys."

I love this. I try not to cuss in front of Teddy. Sometimes I succeed. Peter doesn't try. He never succeeds. But Teddy has somehow learned that cussing is for grown-ups.


Someone in Teddy's class used the f-word in front of him yesterday. Teddy's teacher warned me, knowing I'd want to know (she probably has no idea how unsurprising I would find it, as I've never cussed in front of her).

She knew because he told her. The kids are apparently supposed to report inappropriate language, which I hadn't known. She made a big deal about telling him that this was not tattling and that she was very proud of him. I'm not sure why it's not tattling, and not even altogether sure how I feel about his telling... he has a streak of tattletale, and I don't know that it'll do him any good socially.

Of course I do want him to tell when it's appropriate to do so; it's just that it's sometimes a fine line.

Anyway, it seems at least part of why he told is because the kid said it to one of Teddy's close friends, and Teddy took umbrage on his behalf.

That part I definitely love.

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Insanity begins at work today: testing the new system. It's exciting, after a year of development, but is likely to curtail my blogging (or turn it all selfishy, with whining about crap).

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: okayokay


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Date:March 15th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)


It's been awhile but didn't NurtureShock cover this: that kids 'tell' on another only after they've tried to 'solve' the issue on their own and finally need an adult to step in. I thought it said something about how if we respond to them 'telling/tattling' negatively/punish them, then they feel they can't come to adults with problems they can't solve. Or am I totally off base here?

Good luck with the insanity! Whine away, if it makes you feel better (and since it's your blog, you can do whatever you want!)!
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Date:March 16th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)


I think it was covered, yes. I should re-read that section -- thanks for the reminder!

My concern with Teddy is he's used to going directly to adults, what with having no sibs. He has a history of *not* trying to solve problems first.
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