I’m embarrassed to admit this, but my kids recognize a bad word when they hear one.
Thankfully, they don’t use expletives in their conversations with friends and family but I know for a fact they’ve heard me utter the occasional cuss word during stressful moments. I’m not a huge potty-mouth, but I've had to make a more conscious effort to watch my language ever since I became a mom. That's why I laughed out loud when I saw this story earlier this week about the efforts for a cuss-free week in Los Angeles County.
It all started with McKay Hatch, a 15-year-old who established a No Cussing Club two years ago at his school.
As a result of his work, Hatch’s hometown of South Pasadena declared itself a cuss-free zone for a week last March. Yesterday, county officials in Los Angeles declared this week “No Cussing Week.”
"Next year I want to try to get California to have a cuss-free week,” Hatch, a sophomore, told the Associated Press. “And then, who knows, maybe worldwide.”
According to the AP, Hatch lives in a household where swearing isn’t allowed. When he was in seventh grade and noticed that his friends started cussing, he decided to start a group. Now, the No Cussing Club has its own website and hip-hop theme song. People all over the world have been contacting Hatch because they want to join. By cutting down on swearing, people treat each other with more civility, said the teen, which then compels people to work together and solve problems.
So parents, do you ever catch yourself swearing around your kids? What are the rules surrounding language and the use of profanity in your household?