OK, parents, time to weigh in. Here is this week's "Moms Talk" topic. Tell us what you think in the comment box below.
Do your kids use the "R" word?
Did they hear it from you first?
We’re talking about the word “retarded." We’ve all said it when referring to our intelligence-challenged workmates or a family member who just can’t see the brilliance of our point of view or about someone who can't see the urgency of doing things the way they need to be done.
In fact, cultures all around the world have their own version of the "R" word that they use when they mean “dumb.”
For families dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a child with a disability and cognitive delay, the derogatory label is a slap in the face. A campaign to strike the word from our vocabulary has been launced by www.theRword.org.
But there are others who counter that such efforts are an overreaction to a term that's become a slang word interchangeable with the word stupid and the user doesn't intend offense when using it.
So, as parents, do you think we need to tell our children not to use it and relegate the "R" word to the same circular file as the "N" word? Do you reprimand them when you hear them using it? What should you tell them?