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Reality star Kourtney Kardashian, mother of 7-month-old Mason, is worried that her son's first word might get bleeped out on TV! In a recent post on People's Celebrity Baby Blog, Kardashian, 31, says her loved ones swear too much around the baby: "As time goes on -- and especially in my family where everyone has a mouth on them -- people forget to censor what they say around Mason." The worst offenders, she confesses, are sister Khloe Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick.
Since Kourtney doesn't want her son cursing a blue streak before he reaches preschool, she's asks readers: How can she get her family to stop cursing around the baby? (Good freakin' luck, Kourtney!) (Just kidding!)
Seriously though, a better question might be: How much does it matter whether or not kids hear the grown-ups in their family swear? Kourtney credits her squeaky-clean childhood vocabulary to the fact that she literally never heard her parents say a curse word. And most new parents cringe at the thought of their child shouting a dirty word. But it's practically inevitable: little kids get a kick out of being loud and inappropriate. And learning what kind of language is appropriate is part of growing up. And indeed, it's probably easier to keep a kid's language clean if they're not fielding f-bombs at home.
If Kourtney is determined to teach her family how to censor themselves, she could try setting up a swear jar: A dollar into Mason's college fund for every curse word uttered within earshot of the child. (Heck, make it $50 -- this is the Kardashians we're talking about!) Or she could campaign for alternative "clean" words, which probably wouldn't succeed with foul-mouthed adults, but would be very entertaining for viewers (maybe the Kardashians could turn "fudge you!" into a national catchphrase?).
What Kourtney should realize is that it's a lot harder to change the behavior of grown-ups than children. Her best strategy may be to keep a close eye on Mason, make sure he knows the difference between appropriate and inappropriate words for kids to use (even if it's true that "Daddy and Aunt Khloe say it!"). Context is also key: Mason should be taught that yelling a dirty name at someone is much worse than yelling when you stub your toe. Even if Kourtney can't censor her whole family, she can make an effort to clean up her own language -- which will influence her child. Hang in there, Kourtney! Because once Mason is a teenager, all bets are off!
Do you think Kourtney will succeed in getting the Kardashians to stop cursing in front of her young son? Chime in below!
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