On a recent field trip with my son’s school, I heard a preschooler in another class approach the big blue car at the playground and say to the other kids, “get out the car, b*tch.”
It reminded me of when my friend was student teaching, and a kindergarden student said to a classmate, “I will knock you upside the head on the ABC rug.”
Of course, we assume it’s poor parenting, it’s the community.
Or – it could be tv. Maybe it’s a teenage brother who is actually a dorky honor student messing around with his buddies. And, I do recall that “what’s up b-iatch?” phase my girlfriends and I went through.
When my son started saying, “Aw, man!”- we blamed it on school. Apparently, it’s from a character on Dora.
But, the intonation the little boy at the playground used to order his friend out of the car did conjure an image of someone treating a female badly, as opposed to say, a bunch of high schoolers racing to ride shot-gun.
I take away a couple lessons from all of this:
- Our kids are always listening (and apparently have super-sonic hearing).
- They are faster to mimic than we imagine.
- Positive and negative influences are everywhere.
- Some kids just have really shitty role models, and it’s up to the other adults in their lives to set a positive example.