The word - the special special word - FART!
I allow my boys to use this word, and by doing this, I know there is a possibility that some will think my mothering skills are lacking.
Go back 28 years... Star, my next door neighbor, and the "bad girl" on the playground even at the age of seven, was walking home from school with me. Something smelly happened and I said, "Wow, that was a terribly stinky!"
Peals of laughter were heard through the air and I think she might have even laughed so hard that there were tears in her eyes. "Stinky? Don't you mean fart?"
"I'm not allowed to say fart."
This is when the teasing began....and trust me when I say that it was only the beginning.
You see, I let my boys say, "Fart." It might not be a great reason, but there is a reason. One little innocent word made me feel like a fool for many years. I know I can't shield them from most of the world, but in my own little way, I like to try to all of the time.....