I thought i would ask this here i the Etc forum, mainly because i didn't know where else it would properly go. I am not sure how many parents i will get responding to this thread, but i will take advice or opinions from anyone. When i was growing up....we were never allowed to say bad words. Sometimes these bad words were ridiculous words that my mom or dad just happened to not like, "fart, that sucks, hell" etc. These were in addition to the already bad words such as: shit, fuck, damn, bitch, bastard, etc. The bad words I am referring to would be the typical curse words most American/European families would identify as the "four letter words". I have a pretty foul list of words that come out of me when im talking about serious things with my husband, or here on the internet. I might throw out a damn hell or a fuck. I don't talk this way around my mom unless im mad about something or in a lot of physical pain. For example, if i am having a kidney stone you better hold your ears if you cant stand it. I have a wicked case of Tourette's that gets tweeked when im in extreme pain. Ok, the point of this thread where i would like your opinions is: I have an eight year old daughter who is slowly learning what these words are and that sometimes in songs that she likes she doesn't want to say the word "ass" just because Lady Gaga does. Or when i said a joke to someone that had ass in it she said "Ass? I dont understand?" and i had to explain to her what the joke was and that mommy said a bad word. When is it OK to allow children to say those words in your presence? Is it really a huge deal when they lose on their video game or spelling test that they say "damn!" should they be punished for that? Or when i talk to her about when the little girls at school who are being hateful are just little bitches, i dont have a problem with her thinking along those lines because those are people we don't want to talk to. How would you (or how do you) handle this topic of curse words with your kids?