I say "$h*t", you say "Sugar"
I was doing nothing but law-abiding the other day when the car behind me pulled up next to me. The woman driving rolled down the window and said, "Don't be such a bitch," referring to how I could have nudged up and over so she could sneak past me and make a right turn on red. I looked into the back seat, where her toddler was sitting, watching, and listening. I thought about how much we may or may not use "swear" words in front of the kids.
"Bitch" isn't the worst of the swear words. It's really not. Growing up, my parents let me know that words like "stupid" and "dumb" were inappropriate. So, to this day, I don't really use those words. I'll probably use the word "bitch" more that I'd use "stupid" or "dumb". I did let a "shit" slip this morning with the kids right behind me. As for the other big cuss words, I really don't like to use the "f-" word in the kids' presence.
I was recently talking to another urbanMama who says she talks like a sailor. Using bad words in front of the kids isn't the worst thing we could expose our kids to. What about in your household? Do you make the concerted effort to make the language rated-G? Do you use your normal everyday adult language, even if the kids are within earshot?