Today I was teaching a second step (social skills program) in first grade about self-talking to help yourself calm down when you are angry. We were giving examples of what positive healthy self talk is, and what is not. I gave them a hypothetical example of someone kicking the soccer ball right when I was about to kick it. I told them how healthy ways of self-talking, and then for the negative self talk I said "Geez I feel like that person was a jerk. I feel so angry right now" Right when I said the word jerk I wish I had chosen a different word choice, as I got a lot of shocked faces and "YOU SAID A BAD WORD!!!!!" I explained to them that calling someone a jerk is not okay, and I would never call someone that. Hopefully the kids forgot about it by the end of the day!