It’s 2016. Please. Just STOP using the word “retarded.” It’s hurtful. It’s offensive. It’s really not “PC” anyways. And fyi should you know someone who truly has been diagnosed with retardation, I would say that you are being a bully to someone who cannot defend themselves against name calling.
It is not socially acceptable folks. It really isn’t. It also makes my skin crawl when I hear people using the word “gay” to describe something that is not preferred. For example “Dude that is so gay.” Why? Why is it that people feel it’s ok to use such hurtful and offensive words when describing their feelings or a situation? Someone could and SHOULD easily say “Dude that is so lame” or “That is so stupid.”
So if you are reading this, then please do me a favor, STOP using the word retarded to describe something or a situation. There are plenty of other words you can choose instead.
You have to remember that our children learn from us. It’s us parents/adults that need to set examples as to what is socially acceptable in 2016 and what is not. Using words such as “retarded” and “gay” is simply just not acceptable anymore. It’s not. It’s really really really not.
It has become my goal to change the way special ed kids are viewed in society. They don’t have the plague. They aren’t bad kids. They don’t have the cooties. I would venture to say that the majority of special ed kids just want to be treated fairly. So how can we as parents/adults do better to ensure each year we reduce the % of special ed kids who are bullied and picked on? I am being 100% serious here….it’s really a simple in my opinion.
I’ll get off my soap box now but I do challenge every one of you who is reading this blog to call someone out the next time you hear them use these words in an inappropriate or offensive way. And should you be one of the people that use these words, I challenge you to please be more considerate and think about what you are really saying, especially in front of Mom’s like me or kids like mine.
Until next time!