1 November 2006

Mothering Heights

I had a wee chat with Son #2 yesterday about his behaviour at school, which has gone into severe decline over the past two weeks according to his teacher.

I shut the bedroom door and put on my Good Mother face.

Explained that he ought to behave respectfully and considerately because he knows within himself that it is the right thing to do, and not because he is in fear of punishment. I further explained that if his conduct does not improve, there will indeed be loss of privileges.

There were tears and apologies and promises.

That went well. I said to Mr Soup later, a little smugly, in my Reasonable and Understanding Parent tone.

Some hours later I returned to the house from a brief expedition to find Son #2 in his bedroom, door shut.

I looked questioningly at Mr Soup.

I found him on your computer, typing a list of every swear word he could think of.

26 comments:

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Torn between what I love more: your title or your punch line.

Son #2 rocks.

Sorry.

But you know he does!

ThirdCat said...

One of my dad's greatest regrets is that he didn't keep the piece of paper I wrote titled 'words you must not say' followed by a most excellent selection of such words. And I was such an excellent speller I used a ph instead of an f.

Also, mothering heights is a brilliant title.

capello said...

just swear words? why, that's not that bad at all.

My float said...

Well, it's not like he said them!

Lazy cow said...

So this is what I have to look forward to.
Any words you hadn't heard of before? Because I'm sick of all the old ones :-)

justinamaria said...

oh boys!
and swear words!

i once found my 4 year old son in the back yard 'practicing' a variety of swear words.

shula said...

Sounds like my kind of kid.

Also sounds upset about something, maybe, that he's not talking about.

Sharon said...

But did he spell them correctly??? Pea Love your blog - it keeps me sane!!!!

Stomper Girl said...

Ditto re great title for the post! Ditto re your very cool son. Still chuckling. Hoping Mr Soup printed the list?
PS re Stephanie's and the missing butter - the potato gratin.

Ash said...

Oh dear. I may have this to look forward to, although swearing is not really frowned upon Dutch schools.

My DH and I swear so much that some of Seb's first words were 'four foxes'. Took us a while to work it out ... luckily the grandparents never caught on.

Jane said...

I have been reading avidly but haven't commented for ages, I know. Love the quality and humour of your recent posts. It's a shame your son didn't post them on the blog for us all to see. Maybe that's what he was planning before he was so rudely (ha) interrupted?

blackbird said...

there's always a room for him here -
we swear like...um, like Tuvaluans!

Kim said...

Have Son#2 and Felix been talking?

Martina said...

Oh my. At least he wasn't running around the school yelling the words. He is pretty cool you know. I hope you managed to put on your best mother face when you discussed it!

zephyr said...

your blog is becoming one the true highlights of my day (hmmm...such a life i lead!) no, seriously, your posts, your knitting, your view...totally cool and refreshing...i'm having a great time "catching up".

son #2 sounds adorable and frustrated...i don't recall if i read how old he is...i agree that he found a cool, "safe" way to vent....and yeah! i wanna see the list...maybe there's a good'un that'll feel good coming outta this mouth when needed!

Isabelle said...

Now, you see, I have a different point of view from your more tolerant commenters. Not about the swearing so much, but I'm a teacher, and...

Ali said...

Perhaps he was just getting them out of his system?!

And if he spelled them right at least you know he's learning SOMETHING at school!

shellyC said...

I agree with Lazy Cow - any new ones?

Is it something about the No.2's in the family? Really wanting to test the boundaries?

sueeeus said...

Funny!!!! The things that take place Chez Soup!

meggie said...

Perhaps it was as therapeutic as blogging is for us??
Had to laugh.
Loved the Title also!

String Bean said...

And it all seemed like it went over so well, didn't it? Then, just when you weren't looking...the proverbial shit hit the fan (though not as bad as it could've really).
I hope it all blows over and he does better at school because of it. We all need to vent a little, don't we?
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Surfing Free said...

Hee hee ... a list of swear words is a very contained way to let his anger out. At least he wasn't punching a wall or kicking the cat!
I'm sure my four year old thinks that 'shit!' is just something you mutter under your breath at regular intervals throughout the day ;)
I could also use some new and improved swear words!

Elizabeth said...

You've got to admit to liking his determination. Sometimes you've just gotta do what you've gotta do to GET IT OUT!
Save that list!

carolyn said...

he's quite creative in his misbehavior is he not? ;)

Joke said...

Wait.

He was on your computer?

-J.

herhimnbryn said...

Dear 'Kathy',
Pray tell how is his Anglo Saxon?