Well, we're obviously awesome parents, because our two-and-half year-old's new favorite catch-phrase is (usually said very loudly, and emphatically) "Frikkin' crap!".
Anyone who knows my husband might not be surprised by this. I have been working very hard with Tom since Sly was born to get him to stop swearing in the presence the kids (I'd appreciate if he stopped swearing almost entirely, but that's another issue). He's been pretty good about remembering, but now he tends to substitute the bad words for only-slightly-less-bad ones. I'd have no problem if he used words like "gosh" or "darn", and would not care if my kids repeated them. But "frick" or "a-hole" are just way too close to the original. Now, I can't put all the blame on Tom. I definitely catch myself saying things like "crap!" or "that sucks" when the kids are in earshot way too much.
Anyways, Tom and I tend to point out and correct each other's little slips. And of course, Sly is taking in every little thing we say and do, so he has caught on to the fact that certain words are no-nos. So last week when Tom was gently reprimanded by his mom for something or other that had come out of his mouth while the kids were around, Sly gleefully busted out with two other words he knew were off-limits: "FRIKKIN' CRAP!!"
We were all stunned (and highly amused, but trying really really hard not to crack up). Since then, he has busted out in a chorus of "frikkin' crap!" on several other occasions, always with a huge mischievous smile. He knows it's bad.
What the heck do we do about this? Tell him not to say that? Punish him? Totally ignore it so as not to make those words seem forbidden and alluring (he already knows they are, though)?