Warning: There are swears in this post but they are spelled phonetically. I never ever use that kind of language on my blog but I had to share this story and when you read it, you’ll understand why they had to be used!
I will not win the mother of the year award after sharing this but I had to. I am partly amused, partly angry, and partly embarrassed over this.
I received this email from Xbox:
This email is explaining that my son got suspended for his Xbox motto, “Surprise Motha Fuqqa”. Yes, he is half-genius for the creative spelling and half-idiot for using that kind of language on Xbox. Now that he’s a teenager, the feeling of being simultaneously in awe of his intelligence at the exact same moment that I’m shocked by his stupidity has become pretty commonplace.
I was furious at first, like head-about-to-pop-off furious. Then I told my family and they laughed. Then I told my co-workers and they laughed (we actually add the hashtag #surprisemothafuqqa now when delivering unexpected bad news to each other so I guess my kid could be called a trend-setter). My friends also thought this was hilarious and reminded me of some of the things we did when we were younger. Some of those memories put me in my place pretty quickly;)
I reconsidered my anger when I thought of the fact that he’s a teenager now and if semi-swearing is the worst thing he does, I’m pretty lucky. However I still can’t condone it or tell him it’s okay. I don’t allow him to swear in front of me, other adults, or children. However, I’m also not naive enough to think he doesn’t swear around his friends because I know they all have filthy mouths when alone together. I know I did when I was with my girlfriends…and still do!
I did have a discussion with him about the fact that younger kids could see those words and it’s his job to set a good example and be leader. I explained that he is becoming a man and I expect him to respect women and children enough not to swear in front of them.
What do you think? How angry would you be if your child did this?