I'm not sure where kids learn it but after the age of 2 they all freak out when anyone says "shut up". Someone is teaching them this and it certainly wasn't me. Not that I condone it, but come on, it's the least insulting S word I can't think of.
I never told my girls it was a bad word, and I have never used it towards them, but that doesn't stop them from verbally reprimanding me when I bust out a Cali girl-esque "shut up!!". I immediately have to apologize and pinky promise to never say it again. I always say it again. And they never miss a slip up.
It's getting old.
Dang kids watch me like a hawk.
Yesterday, the girls were watching some cartoon while I zoned out on the couch in a magical world of werewolves courtesy of some smut novel I am currently reading.
Mother-of-the-year I know.
One character shouted for someone to "shut up" and of course the girls freaked out.
B: "Mom!!! She said shut up!"
A: "Momma!!! She's a bad girl! She said shut up!"
Me: "Ok girls. She's bad. Life will go on."
B: "Yeah Alex, it's ok."
A: "No! It's a BAD word!"
B: "But it's only bad sometimes."
A: "Yeah, like, Mommys can say it. But you can't Beau. And I can't say it eiber (either).
B: (giggling) "Yeah cause Mom says it all the time."
A: (giggling) "Yeah. She's a stinker. Daddy should spank her."
B: "Yeah. Daddy saids mom likes spankings"
Me: "Ok! Who wants a Popsicle?!"
I really should stop saying "shut up".