Do your kids call things "retarded"?

5 years ago

At Wired today, I'm tackling the R-word:

It's Way Past Time to Stop Saying Things Are "Retarded"

And all over the internet, in movies, and at the playground, people are still using “retarded” and “retard” in disparaging or eye-rolling ways. It’s time to stop. Way past time. I’ve heard some parents express a sense of helplessness over the subject — they don’t like that their kids say, “That is soooo retarded,” but the kids pick it up at school; what can you do?

You can talk about it. Call them on it. Let them know that it’s an unkind, insulting usage of a medical term, a slur that hurts people. There are other hurtful words, other slurs, that you wouldn’t dream of letting your kids use without a hasty and urgent intervention. “Retard” should be one of them.

You can read the rest here.

Do your kids use "retarded" or "retard"? How do you respond when they do?

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