Parenthood is full of double standards. As kids, the irreversible binomial “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me” is an utterance instilled in us repeatedly throughout our formative years. The phrase is the architect of the beginnings of our defensive foundation, employed to fortify our susceptibility to verbal insult. The parental aversion to swearing contradicts this piece of advice, and speaks to the oxymoronic nature of those that deploy it. The occasional F-bomb from a kid pales in comparison to the iniquities of their parents and the problems of the world.
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