Bumper sticker language tough to explain to kids

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2005

Have you ever driven up behind a car at a stop light or maybe when driving through a parking lot and had one of your children blurt out the filthy language he-she read on some one's bumper sticker? It's instantly repeated by the others, asking "What does that mean, Mom?"

Some may laugh at the witty saying, others may shrug their shoulders at it, and some may not even understand the meaning. In any case, to try and explain it to the innocent in terms they can understand is certainly not easy or pleasant, and I would say unnecessary.

We talk to our children at home about life, sex, drugs and other things. We try to give them as much information as we think they are ready for. After all, you don't feed a newborn baby steak. You start out with milk and introduce them to things they are ready for as they grow.

We can turn off the TV and radio or even petition our schools, but when out kids see it and hear it in public places, there is little we can do. We are not going to just stay home, are we?

So, is it freedom of speech or freedom to show ignorance?

My mom always taught me, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Whatever happened to a little bit of courtesy or good manners or, heaven forbid, some common sense?

To the guy with the bumper sticker, if you don't care what people think about you, give a little thought to what they may think about your mom.

Camberly Jackson


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