I work in the childcare area at a gym. There is a three-year-old who is walking around flipping off the teachers and other kids in the room. He also has said, “F*** you,” to a few of the kids. When the parents pick him up, I have a conversation with them.
Me: “Hi there, I hope your workout was good. Can we chat really quick?”
Mom: “What’s up?”
Me: *In a quiet voice* “I just wanted to make you aware that we had a few problems today with [Child]. He was flipping off some of the teachers and other kids, and I caught him using the F-word.”
Mom looks baffled and Dad has an “Oh, crap!” expression on his face.
Mom: “What?! That’s impossible! He doesn’t even know that word. I’m home all day with him and I don’t use that word! There’s no way he used that word or flipped anyone off.”
Mom continues to rant at me, implying that I’m not telling the truth.
Dad: *To their son* “Were you flipping people off and saying ‘f***’?”
Mom: *To her son* “Where did you learn that from?!”
Son: “From Dad when he yells at other cars!”
Dad looked like he wanted the ground to open up and swallow him, and Mom stopped yelling. They quickly left, with Mom now yelling at Dad.