Now Monster is becoming aware of his surroundings. He can understand what I’m saying (hey, that’s better than most adults!) and follow simple directions [author's note: I said ‘can’ not ‘does’]. So do I want him seeing mauled corpses, hearing foul language, or even knowing anything about those Disney shows aimed at Tweens? Can I get a “HELL NO!”?
My dad had a terrible temper that came out when he was behind the wheel. I remember fist fights in parking lots following especially tense drives. I see my brothers get The Rage and I am aware of my own behavior in a car. I do not want that for my son.
My mom, on the other hand, was all ‘shucks!’ and ‘gosh darn it!’ I don’t really want that for my son either. So what’s a modern mommy to do?
And when do I have to decide by? Do I wait until the babysitter pulls me aside at pick up and tells me he’s teaching the other kids how to say f@#$? Or do I make a real effort to watch my filthy mouth starting, oh say, tomorrow?