So, The kids were having a bath and Nicole opens the conversation with:
Mom, is there an ‘f’ swear?
Me: (cautiously) uh, yes. why?
Nicole: well, we were talking about it a school today.
Me: (eyebrows up) really? that’s interesting. who were you talking about that with?
Nicole: well, we asked Mr. Baker and he said there is one but he wouldn’t tell us what it was. He just said its a bad word.
Me: Hmmm. Yes. uh….
Nicole: so what it is?
Me: uh, hmmm, well, you’ve probably already heard it…….(hedging, wishing to to hit by lightning…)
Nicole: what is it Mom? I might have heard some other kids say it.
Me: well, um, its ‘fuck’. Its a word you’re going to hear but you shouldn’t use it.
Nicole: what does it mean?
Me: (gulp) well, it can mean sex
Nicole: what’s sex?
Me: You know, we talked about that…
Nicole: Kaelene says her Mom says its kissing and cuddling.
Me: No, that’s kissing and cuddling. Sex is when a man puts his penis in a woman’s vagina and other things that involve the private parts.
Nicole: oh…(wheels turning) Yeah, we read that in the Body Science book.
Me: sex can also be used to refer to gender, you know, boy or girl, man or woman.
Nicole: oh, why is fuck a swear?
Me: well, its considered a rude word. You know how we taught you not to talk with your mouth full? well, its also bad manners to use such a rude word.
Me: You know, words themselves aren’t bad…its how they are used. Don’t forget it ok? Just because you know some words you shouldn’t use them.
Nicole: I heard you say the f word…
Me: (squirming) Yeah, I know, sometimes people say it when they are really mad. If you hear me saying it again you can send me for a time out. I’m trying to stop saying it OK?
Nicole: Ok, is there a swear that starts with A?
Me. uh, yeah. uh, lets get jammies on and have stories ok?