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      I can assure you- if your son’s mouth is horrible at home, it’s just

      the same or worse when you are not around. At that age, kids consider

      it “cool” to cuss, and while most will watch their mouths around their

      parents, they are stil more likely to say things around friends and

      others that they will not say around their parents.

      if he’s willing to say unnacceptable things around you, then he’s

      definintly saying them around other people.

      i agree with the original sentiment of the conversation, that people

      need to learn to watch what they say around others, and just in

      general. but parents are not always to blame for what the teen’s say.

      in most cases, it’s a product of their social upbringing, rather than

      their family upbringing.

      as for guns, i don’t allow our children to play with them, but i make

      sure that the children are aware that not everyone feels the same way.

      snaping at a parent, or feeling they are bad parents because they allow

      a child to play with toy guns isn’t the best way to deal with it.

      the child in the store picked up a toy gun. the parent may not have

      even been aware of it. that isn’t so much a moral degrade as different

      social standards. children have played with toy guns since the

      invention of the real gun. it’s only been in recent years that many

      parents find it unacceptable.

      swearing is also not anything new to this new generation, nor is it

      something that will ever go away. just as teens today test their

      limits, teens from 10 years ago, 20 years ago, even 30 or 40 years ago

      tested their limits as well. And when your children are teens, they’ll

      test their limits, too.

      As parents, we do our best to make sure our children are safe,

      protected, and raised to our standards. It’s ignorance at it’s finest,

      though, to expect that children and teenagers left to their own devices

      are going to do things that we think we’ve taught them not to do.

      Not all teens act out in the same manner, but all teens will test their

      parental limits to a degree. It might not be swearing- it could be

      smoking, skipping school, eating foods they shouldn’t, skipping out on

      homework, calling in to work, staying out past curfew, drinking, even

      doing drugs.

      So, as to whether I think there is a moral degrade, I suppose my answer

      would be that there is a general lack of respect towards people, but

      that morally, teens are acting out as they always have. It’s maybe a

      bit more prevalent in how they do it these days, but I was a teen 15

      years ago, and it isn’t that different from what I remember. They just

      are more likely o do it in front of adults than before.

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Dee Bleau wrote:

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      > My son’s mouth is horrible. He is 16. I am on him constintley about

      it. and I pray that he is not like that in public with his friends. I

      find out about it their will be hell to pay.

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