Spelling

The first word Cas spelled on his own without having to ask me how to spell it starts with S, ends with T and is another word for poop.  I was downstairs with the kids this morning watching them play games on the computer. Siri looked at Cas’s screen and said, “Cas, you can’t type that!” Or something along those lines. I asked what she was talking about and she told me that Cas spelled a bad word into chat in a Roblox game. I think she either told me what word it was or gave me a good idea of what it was. I asked him how to spell it. He spelled it aloud to me without looking back at his screen.

I looked at the screen. There it was. Typed by my five year old son and entered into a chat in a Roblox game. I wasn’t sure if I should be proud of him, for wanting to learn something and then retaining that information to reproduce at a later date, or a little mortified that this was the first word and it was entered into a kids game chat. Apparently he had asked Siri, sometime over the weekend, how to spell it. So, she told him and here we are.

I explained to him that he can get kicked out of a game for using words like that. I should have probably told him what shit means. I don’t think we’ve ever had that talk. Then again, he’d probably want to type it and say it even more. I try not to make things like this a big deal because I feel like it puts a magnifying glass on the situation, which I don’t think is necessary. I do plan to talk with him about it tonight. I’ll probably tell him that other kids might feel uncomfortable seeing words like that in a chat and they may not like it very much. I know I wouldn’t. Maybe I’ll end the conversation by telling him how to spell poop. On the bright side – he’s spelling (insert nervous grin here)!

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