Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Do you say God?

As in "Oh my God" or "God Damnit!"?

At home, sometimes I do. In public, I try not to.
I'm not a religious person, but I was raised going to church until I was 11. 11 years of being reminded not to take the Lord's name in vain is a hard habit to break.
HH is 110% anti-religion. After what he went through as a kid/teen I can't really say I blame him. I totally respect him and what he chooses to believe and not believe.

So we're not in this phase where Thing 1 is testing out what he can and can't get away with saying (he's thrown out "that sucks" once in awhile too). It started with O.M.G. (thank you iCarly)...and then it was "oh my gosh"...and once in awhile he'll throw in an "Oh my God". When he does I remind him that we don't say that, that he says gosh.

HH told me I'm being too strict and that he doesn't think it's a big deal. Honestly, it's not a big deal to me at home...but I know that it's the same as saying shit or damn to some parents and I don't want him to go to a friends house and bust out with "OH MY GOD!" at the dinner table and then feel awkward when the table gets quiet and friends mom has to lean over and tell him they don't say that in their house. Does that make sense? It's more about respect for other people's beliefs then my own.

We've already discussed "bad" words, he knows what he can and can't say. He also knows that there are words that adults say but they're not for kids. Just like there are movies and games for adults that aren't good for kids. He gets it, and he's fine with it. This whole God thing is tripping us up though.


♥ Noelle ♥ said...

thats a tough one! gavin goes to a cathoic school so we try to watch this too; mommy is BAD at it:(

Becky said...

Good question! I went to church every Sunday from the time I was born until I went away to college so for me my way or rebelling was saying oh my god but I can probably count on one hand how many times I actually did it.

Our oldest says god sometimes but both daddy does it in our house and I know her mom does it at her house too so it's hard to be able to correct her. It's a personal thing for me so I try to just set a good example.

I refuse to let her ever say "Jesus Christ" though. Daddy had a horrible, dirty habit of that one that I've mostly been able to break. For some reason that offends me WAY more.