This week's Mom's Talk inquiry: How do you respond to the bad stuff that comes out of the mouths of teenagers?
Out of the mouths of babes comes some shocking stuff. There seems to be a new language among the younger crowd that is rough, raunchy and so frequently punctuated with profanity that the "F" bomb has lost its bomb. This has grown beyond the typical rude and surly teen speak. The language we're talking about here includes words we never uttered in front of our parents until we were at least 30 (I still remember the first time I said "hell" in front of my mother—it felt funny and I'd been out of the house for years).
You hear it on cable TV, from rappers and in the halls at our local schools. Is it a fad? A decline in civilization?
I remember getting my mouth washed out with Ivory soap (more threats than actual washing), but we're too civilized for that now. Is it too late? What are your suggestions and how do you handle this decline in the spoken word?