Ryan Reynolds is once again making headlines because of his parenting.
But it’s not because of the improper use of a baby carrier (the first-time dad has already received enough harsh comments from the perfect parents of the world over that indiscretion).
E! Online caught up with Ryan at Comic-Con to discuss his film and life as a father. The Deadpool actor confirms his upcoming comic book flick will have a ton of action and cursing that will likely deliver an R-rating. When asked if he felt bad for having his baby on set around colorful language, Ryan joked, “She’s going to learn those words eventually anyway. If her first word is f***, then I’ve done something wrong, but otherwise I think we’re fine. I think we’re OK.”
Spoiler alert: No children were harmed or learned the “language of sailors.”
As lighthearted as his response was, it’s pretty safe to assume that Ryan and his wife, actress Blake Lively, would never promote their child learning the F-word. Obviously no good parent in their right state of mind wants to teach their children awful language. That, however, does not mean kids can’t and won’t pick it up through observation.
Do you ever stop to think about what your child hears on a daily basis — and we’re not talking about sounds of a barking dog or birds chirping in a tree? Little ones are sponges that soak up their surroundings, which is one of the reasons there are so many viral videos out there of kids cursing. Sure, you might think a 2-year-old repeating potty language will gain a ton of likes on social media, but it’s not anything to highlight.
I’m completely dumbfounded when I go to a store and witness parents cussing out their kids like they’re grown adults. Most would agree the parent’s moral compass is a bit off, to say the least. While this is an extreme example, there are others that might not show up on our judgment radar — like bringing your child to an environment where foul language is an everyday occurrence. Sure, it might not bother you, but remember, you aren’t alone. Tiny ears are listening for more things to learn and say.
The truth is, we all need to be more conscious about our actions and our words.
I’ll admit there are days when I slip. Whether I stub my toe or experience a moment of frustration, the S-word might make a cameo. For the most part, I try my very best to keep it in my head, but hey, we aren’t perfect. I swore I heard my child repeat it the other day that just about gave me a heart attack. Thankfully it was something else he completely mispronounced.
Have you ever had to change up where you hang out or who you see because of your child?