Being a mother myself of two young kids, 5 and 8 years old, I participate in a lot of mommy talk. There’s my parlor group, the ladies at PTA, at soccer, ballet, hockey, etc. etc. Some of the most common discussions often revolve on how to prepare our kids for the world. How to shelter them but also how to help them handle the stresses that will surely affect their lives as they grow and develop as people.
Kids pick up on the power of language at a very young age. By the time they are three or four, many of them know that calling another child a bully will get instant adult attention. I call this the power of the "b-word," as in some of the following examples: