Why You Shouldn’t Watch Football with Your Kids…

I don’t claim to be a perfect parent. It’s a good thing too, because I certainly proved my imperfection this weekend.

So the Bears game was on yesterday; we had family and friends over, as usual. I get pretty worked up watching sports in general, and when it comes to the Bears, all bets are off; I’m near maniacal. As you might recall, the game was depressing, exciting, infuriating, and sublime–often all within seconds. Toward the end of the game, there was a play where a penalty should have been called on the Steelers. Before I could contain myself, I let out a booming “S*&^!!!”

Well, my daughter chimes in from the other room, “Daddy, did you just say the S-word?” There was no hiding it. I quickly thought of correcting her and saying, “No honey, I said ‘ship’; it’s a football term.” Unfortunately, my kids are too savvy for that. So I had to fess up: “Yes, honey, I did. I shouldn’t have said that. I’m sorry.”

Oops. I didn’t hear anything about it after that. She didn’t tattle on me, nor did she seem bothered by it. She didn’t even copy me (yet). I hope that my confession and apology will model for her an appropriate way to deal with mistakes. Tune in. I’ll let you know. Now you’ll excuse me; I have important s*&^ to do.

6 thoughts on “Why You Shouldn’t Watch Football with Your Kids…”

  1. My kids have bad-word strata: The “swear words” and the “really bad swear words.” Thankfully, they’re still innocent enough to think that stupid, idiot, dummy are SW. The ones that come out of my mouth are the RBSW……..

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