Curbing inappropriate language

Being a television host, mother of four, and oh yeah, one of the world’s most famous supermodel’s can be quite a lot to handle. And Heidi Klum admits to sometimes letting her famous hair down around other adults and cursing or saying other inappropriate things.

But don’t expect her kids to follow suit.

“When we’re around the children we really make a point in our family to not curse or say potty words,” says the supermodel. “I’m not saying I’m a saint by any means … but my husband and I try our best to make sure our children are proper and have good manners.”

In a world where dirty jokes are passed down from high school punks to young elementary ears, and many popular TV shows are letting “lesser” curse words slide, this was refreshing news to me. It’s nice to know there’s someone else out there who believes in teaching our kids to use proper language.

I think this includes saying “please” and “thank you.” From the time my son was 18 months old and could barely babble, I would always remind him to say “please” whenever he asked for something and “thank you” if he received it. Sometimes I thought my reminders were falling on deaf ears, but just the other day I handed him a cracker and my 2-year-old looked up at me with beaming eyes and exclaimed, “Thanks, Mom!”

I couldn’t have been more proud.

I find it offensive when I turn on the TV and am bombarded with swear words, dirty jokes or other offensive language. It’s really made me think twice about what shows to let my kids watch — if any! — or even what they’re taking in when a show of ours is playing in the background.

Maybe Heidi Klum can help there, too. Starting Feb. 1 the “Project Runway” host will be hosting another show titled “Seriously Funny Kids” on Lifetime.

Sort of a spin-off of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” the new show is also an unscripted series, featuring Klum interacting with children and bringing out the hilarious and often insightful things they say.

And I’m guessing none of them will be too inappropriate …

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