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If I'd used either word as a teenager my Dad would have slapped me through a wall; I know because I used one of them -- once.

So how are you bringing up your kids?




Well, I certainly think there is a better way to teach courtesy and respect than "slapp(ing someone) through a wall"

I tried the following.

1. Set a good example by not using such language myself.
2. Correct the child by saying "that isn't acceptable language" on the rare occasions I heard him use it. I think in eighteen years that was twice. I attribute his not using such language to the fact that he did not hear such language at home.

I've never heard either of my children use the n-word. I think I heard "lezbo" once and "queer" once. I have no illusions that I raised a saint or anything. I do know that generally both kids know to keep their hands to themselves and that actions have consequences.
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