Do you curse in front of your children?

Sometimes Jack Morrell, 3, drops an f-bomb. 

"His favorite is the f-word," says dad Javier Morrell. "I just ignore him because he doesn't really understand."

And sometimes when young jack curses, his father finds it funny.

"I turn my head to the side and do my best not to express it to him," Javier said.

When Jacob and Ryan Balafox curse, their parents do not find it funny.

"They shouldn't be cursing," Kelly Balafox said. "It's impolite."

"If my son was 21 years old and cursing in my house, it would be a problem," Randy Balafox said.

But the Balafoxes also realize that they can only discipline their children's word choice for so long.

Language in movies, television, music, books, and probably at school and among friends utilizes more colorful language than ever before. That exposure may teach Jacob, Ryan, Jack and the children of tomorrow as much as their parents who also, occasionally, draw strength from a well-placed four-letter word.

"I'm driving and it's like road rage," Kelly said. "And I hear the little one mimicking and I'm like 'Oh, no, Mommy bad.'"

Dr. Jeff Gardere, a psychologist, apologizes when he swears in front of his children. But he also allows them a certain amount of self-expression.

"Well, as parents we do slip up and we do drop the curse words once in a while," Gardere said. "Sometimes they do use curse words and I will look the other way, especially if those curse words are said out of frustration and not directed toward a particular individual."

Gardere values swearing education over swearing punishment.

"As parents we should also teach them that cursing is not socially acceptable and may close doors for them," Gardere said. "My favorite saying: Do as I say not as I do."

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