The B Word

It’s hard to tell whether this is a Jersey thing, or an age thing – the children’s age, not mine.

The other day, Hannah, who’s just 7, was telling me what she’d been doing while playing outside with her friends.

These are friends who are available after school, rather than friends we’ve arranged for her to play with.

She said –

“Some big kids came past and started swearing at us. So we swore back at them…”

I raised my eyebrows and added a parental response –

“You should just walk away if people are nasty to you when you’re playing outside.”

She ignored my interjection and carried on –

“… we didn’t say anything really bad like c***. We just said the b word and the s word.”

Oh, my, god.

I’m hoping this will stand her in good stead for when she’s older, out on her own with friends and in need of a substantial dose of street-wisdom.

In the meantime, Blog Fodder is under strict instructions to impose a more rigorous after-school supervisory regime.

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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4 Responses to The B Word

  1. guineapigmum says:

    Definitely an age thing that she told you what was said! That’s Life I’m afraid, Life.

  2. Bertie says:

    What’s THE B word – there’s about five I can think of without really thinking

  3. Beta Mum says:

    Bertie – I think, knowing Hannah, that it’s bloody. I can only think of 2 others…

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