Have you heard about Bristol Palin’s toddler using the F word? At least, that’s the official explanation. Widespread speculation has him saying something else, a gay slur beginning with that same letter. Decide for yourself by watching the video. Meanwhile, parents everywhere are saying it really doesn’t matter which F word was used by the 4 year old. Both make Bristol look bad. But is she a bad parent? What do you think?
Has your young child ever spoken inappropriately? Of course they have. Who knows where they picked it up. They might have learned it from another child at the daycare. Maybe they heard it from an adult family member. Whatever the case, I’m sure you dealt with it and moved on. At least, I hope that’s what you did.
How would you react to your kids’ potty mouth? Would you laugh it off, like Bristol Palin or keep your composure and deal with it? Kids with potty mouths are not necessarily an indication of bad parenting. The way their parents deal with it could be. Parents who make light of kids cursing and swearing might be taking their responsibilities a bit lightly too.
At least Bristol Palin freely admits she has parenting faults. In a voice-over she states, “I’m doing a terrible job disciplining Tripp. I know he’s going to continue to push the boundaries and push the limits.” Still, her giggling reaction to Tripp’s potty mouth makes one wonder about her other parenting skills.
Can we chalk it up to immaturity? Take a good, hard look at your own parenting skills. Chances are, as a new parent, you made quite a few errors. Perhaps Bristol is no different than any young parent. You stumble, you fall, you learn, you grow and somewhere along the way, you get good at this parenting thing.
Except, Bristol may be the source of that F word. According to MSN – During the premiere of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” in 2010, Willow addressed a critic of the show by writing on her Facebook page, “Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I’ve seen pictures of, your disgusting … My sister has a kid and is still hot.” She followed that up with another comment that read, “Tre stfu. Your such a f—-.”
Author’s note: I don’t know Bristol personally and therefore, I have no right to pass judgment on her as a parent. Rather, I look at this as a wake up call for parents everywhere. How do you speak in front of your kids? Are you a positive example for them? How do you react when they come out with something highly inappropriate? Parenting is the single most important job in the world. Yes, you should be able to approach it with a sense of humor. On the other hand, some things just aren’t that funny.
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