Words My Teen Has Banned From My Vocabulary

by Migdalia Rivera

I recently went shopping with my boys. I was super excited because you guessed it I LOVE SHOPPING! My boys on the otherhand are a different story and shun stores whenever possible. Normally, I love this since it lets me enjoy my favorite past-time without their tagging along. However, during back to school shopping, there is no getting around it so off we went to get it done.

Prince, my youngest, is easy. He is not yet old enough to care about styles or name brands.  In fact, if its clean and fits him, he’ll wear it. Big K is another story. He’s a teen. He has to have a certain “look“.

Now I think I’m a hip mom. In fact, I feel downright cool!  But today I learned just how wack  (remember that word?) I really am!

As we were shopping I mentioned a particular outfit was hot. 

Big K turned to me at that point and said “Ewww ma! Don’t say that!” 

Me: “What?”

Big K:  “That word HOT! You’re not allowed to say that. You’re a Mom!” (Cause that must mean I’m dead, right?)

Me: “Um OK what’s wrong with hot?”

Big K: “You sound like a GIRL!”

Me: “I am!”

Big K: “No, you sound like a girl my age! Ewww you can’t say that!”

At this point I’m thinking “What the heck? He gotta be kidding me!” Of course, he wasn’t!  He was absolutely serious and the pained look on his face made it perfectly clear that his Mom, the one his friends think is so cool, is far from it!Being the wise Latina that I am, I figured let me drop the topic so we could finish our shopping.

On our way home, Big K seemed pensive. It continued after we arrived home. I figured he was mulling over the new school semester and left him alone as I went about my duties. After putting my youngest to bed, Big K sent me an e-mail. Below is what he wrote.


Subject: Words you can’t say lol
Sent: Sep 8, 2009

Woop woop
Whooo wheee
Lickety split
Dead up
What the hay
My Bad
Bomb diggidy
Yo son whaddup
I love you SONNN


OK I gotta admit some of the words are pretty corny (I like getting on his nerves) but come on I’m cool! Aren’t I?!


About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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