The rate at which young children pick up language is astounding. It's pretty miraculous how quickly language develops and new words are picked up, and it's particularly impressive when those words have four letters. It's going to happen, dear reader, and it's going to happen at exactly the wrong time. When that day comes, there are things every mother thinks when her toddler cusses in public that, well, you'll probably think, too.
I have a potty mouth. I always have and I'm going to just assume I always will. I try to keep a lid on it when I'm around my kids, but sometimes I slip because, you know, I'm a normal human being. I never realized just how frequently I do slip, though, until my kid started swearing, too. Like, a lot. And in context. He wasn't dropping cuss-bombs as random one-offs, as if he was just trying out a new word, but using swear words correctly. Like the time he said, "F*cking dog" when our boxer knocked over a glass of water. Yeah that, um, was not my proudest moment.
Some parents are pretty chill about it when their little ones swear, and choose to take the "there's no such thing as a bad word" approach. Others, of course, are a little more concerned and try to explain the difference between "adult words" and "kid words." Regardless of your approach or how you choose to handle the situation, you can pretty much bet there are a few things every mom thinks when her toddler cusses in public.