Q: What’s the most creative way you’ve seen someone discipline their children?
Carol Bishop DeJong, former Dean at Solano Community College (1970-2010)
Updated Aug 29
My 13-year-old son had reached the age when he wanted to be cool. We were very conservative in our language at home; swear words, yelling, and rudeness were not practiced. Of course cool kids did all of that.
So my son started to say “fuck” and “fucking” regularly around the house. When I objected he told me there was nothing wrong with saying that – everybody did it. One afternoon he was in his bedroom playing video games with two of his friends. I walked in and announced “tell your fucking friends to go home because your fucking dinner is ready.” After his friends left he told me I had embarrassed him in front of his friends. I replied that I thought it was all right because he had told me everyone did it.
Never again did he use those words at home. As an adult he told me that was the most humiliating thing that had ever happened to him.
My granddaughter used that word once so I asked her if she planned on having children when she got married. She said yes. I told her that she should teach her child to say that word before any other word. She looked at me like I had two heads and never said that word again. She is grown now and quite the wonderful young woman I knew she was.