The other day, I found the note above on the counter.
It was one of those things that made me feel a bit conflicted. I was fairly impressed with the note since my son is only halfway through first grade. That’s a darned good note.
I was, however, concerned about the incident that prompted the note so I called both children into the room. Here is a transcription of the conversation.
“Diego, did Lydia say a bad word to you?”
“She said a VERY bad word,” my son responded.
“Lydia, what word did you say?” I asked my four-year-old daughter.
“F*** you!” my daughter said with a enthusiastic grin.
“She’s not supposed to say that!” said my son.
Indeed she is not. I was sort of surprised because my husband and I have been watching our language for a number of years now.
“Aren’t you going to punish her?” asked my son.
If my son had said the word, I definitely would have punished him. He knows he is not supposed to say that word under any circumstances. The problem is that my daughter had no idea that it was a “bad” word. It’s a bit unfair to punish someone who has no idea she’s done something wrong. So, I will have to explain the difference between acceptable and unacceptable words to her. I will also be hanging on to this note because it was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.