I've always reminded myself not to use harsh word in front of the kids, lest they keep in their head and use them wrongly. But sometimes, I just can't control myself especially on YX when he shows me his mischievousness.
One night, I get YX to brush his teeth before bedtime. After brushing his teeth, he makes my blood boiled by wanting to use his toothbrush to brush the toilet bowl ! I managed to stop him in time and gave him a good lecture. But out of control, I said "Can you use your brain to think ! bla bla bla..............
MIL was feeding him dinner while baby XJ was disturbing him. YX got angry and scolded baby "You are very legil (degil = stubborn). MIL do not understand what is degil, hence asked YX to explain. This boy quickly answered " Use your brain to think la !" (in mandarin)
When we arrived home after work, MIL relate this matter to us, laughing. No. She did not feel offended but was rather surprised YX said that sentences. I quickly get YX to apologised to MIL for saying that but he did not seem to understand what was wrong. I told him it is very rude to use such sentences, especially to an elder. MIL just brushed it off and take it as a joke.
From that day onwards, I've reminded myself NEVER EVER use such word in front of the kids anymore as we never know when or who they will use such harsh word at. I felt rather embarrased when MIL told me about that incident. At the same time, I felt thankful for YX for I've learnt something valuable from him that day. I must be careful with my words.
Put that story aside. Tell me. How can my blood not boiled when YX wanted to use his own toothbrush to brush the toilet bowl !!!! Breath in......Breath out........