Okay folks, this is not a sarcastic question. :P A while ago, when we lived in our old house about 7 years ago, we used to have a "swear jar". Our secular friends would come over and if they swore in front of our kids they had to put $1 in the jar. It got pricey after awhile, because they did swear a lot, but they watched their mouths.
We've since abolished the swear jar, not because we thought it was a bad idea per se, but because we moved, never got another one, and our friends already watched their mouths.
Over the years, the cussing has gotten worse and worse, to the point that I CRINGE when friends come over. JC's fly, GD's, and OMG's everywhere. I thought maybe I could bring back the swear jar, but then I thought, perhaps a blasphemy jar too? Maybe $5 into the pot whenever they drop one.
We're all in our 30's now. Is it childish? My kids are older, with the exception of my 3 y/o, and they have young kids and infants too. But I cannot STAND the cussing and the blasphemy in my OWN house, and my hubby doesn't stop them aside from telling them to pipe down if a kid is standing there. But *I* can't stand it when there *aren't* any kids around.
I feel like without any "discipline", our secular friends won't stop. Telling them to stop doesn't do it, because they forget or no one says anything when they cuss... What do you guys think?
What do you do in your own homes when/if secular people cuss and/or blaspheme? Do you politely ask them not to? Or do you have other measures? I don't want to keep nagging them not to, because then it seems I'm their mother, you know?
I just need some advice on the cussing/blasphemy when friends come over. Unfortunately, none of our friends are strong Christians. This is why I feel like an island more often than not... *sigh*