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A Family-Friendly List of Words That Start With F

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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.


F Words for Kids

As our language evolves and changes through the years, the more it is filled with meaningless obscenities. Everywhere you turn, you hear all sorts of words: s-words, b-words, lmnop-words, etc. All have been used and overused so much that they really have become meaningless filler words. Does it even shock you to hear or read them anymore?

The main culprit these days is the ever present F-word. I’m kind of getting tired of hearing it or reading it, especially being a mommy who wants my children to grow up learning clean, intelligent language. (Disclaimer: Not that anyone who uses these words is unintelligent; that is not my message here.)

My Short List of Family-Friendly Words that Start with F

I decided to make a list of words beginning with “f” that families can use more often. It’s not all-inclusive nor is everyone for all families, but you’ll easily get the picture.

  • Fun: [Meaning: something that provides amusement] Why not start off with a good one? Families that play together stay together, learn together and are generally healthy together. Fun can happen in so many ways. Play board games, card games, go to parks, take a walk, read books, watch movies, go camping, make crafts…
  • Future: [Meaning: time that is to be or come hereafter] Families can plan for their futures together. Make goals that all of you can meet, like exercising a few times a day or saving for next summer’s vacation.
  • Faith: [Meaning: confidence or trust, belief] Simple acts of faith or belief of any kind is healthy for families. It’s also said that the family that prays together stays together.
  • Friends/friendliness: [Meaning: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard; inclined to approve, help, or support] Become friends with other families. Be friendly with the neighbors. Be friendly to those who need support or company.
  • Firsts: [Meaning: the beginning, the first part; first member of a series] Start your own traditions. Complete a task as a family for the first time.
  • Feelings: [Meaning: an emotion or emotional perception or attitude] A tough one, but learning how to share feelings is an important lesson for families. Start when your children are young. Don’t be afraid to share how you feel about anything, but be careful not to hurt each other’s feelings, at least purposely. That itself can be an important lesson to learn.
  • Food: [Meaning: any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken intothe body to sustain life, provideenergy, promote growth, etc.] In my family, food often brings us together. In my home, we eat each meal together, and on Sundays and holidays we eat with the extended family. Eating meals together is so important for families these days. It helps with maintaining good health and communication. What family couldn’t use those things?
  • Free: [Meaning: provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment] Finding things to do for free can make things easy for a family, especially financially conscious families in this economy. There are plenty of things to do both outdoors and indoors for free. Giving your time and energies freely can also be great for families. We all have items or clothing in our houses that we no longer use—why not donate them to charities? Or why not donate time to a worthy cause and volunteer together?
  • Fit: [Meaning: in good physical condition; in good health] It’s becoming a trend for families to become fit and healthy together. If you are willing, it’s so easy to do, and there’s no gym required. Go for a walk. Play a game of touch football. Chase a toddler. Play a game like Just Dance Kids or EA Sports Active. Get up and move!
  • Flick: [Meaning: a motion picture] Aside from trying to become instant hits on YouTube, families should continue to make home movies. Why? Simply for the memories. They may not be fun to watch immediately, but in five-ten years, they will be so much fun to watch. Families can also upload home movies on social media sites where extended family members can download and watch them. The home movies can be events that have occurred or in the form of a letter.
One of the best f-words available: family.

One of the best f-words available: family.

Acceptable Family-Friendly Language for Our Future

There are so many other quality, family friendly words that begin with F, but I’d be here forever. Families and friends, let’s improve our vocabulary. Let’s be frank and honest here: obscenities used in family settings do not help our children learn in any way. Our children—our future leaders, parents, teachers, doctors, workers, farmers—deserve to have clean language that supports them and fosters their growth and development. Don’t be foolish; use f-words wisely.

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© 2011 Marissa


Marissa (author) from United States on August 21, 2019:

Friendly, famous, fun, funny...

Rochelle carlom on August 21, 2019:

What adjective word that starts with letter f that describes a family?

Marissa (author) from United States on March 10, 2012:

kmaskreations, thank you very much for reading and commenting! I really can appreciate how your family works in this manner. :)

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kmaskreations on March 10, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this info. Our family works hard to maintain a shock value. Once we lose it, we begin to lose discernment in other things. As a christian, we cannot use these words or allow others around us, including tv, to taint what we know to be wrong and right. I especially like your idea of flicks. As a grandmother, I so appreciate the old home movies we have. Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks so much.

Marissa (author) from United States on March 01, 2012:

Alecia Murphy, I'm glad I'm in good company! I agree that using a curse word (or in some cases, an entire string of overused curse words)is often trite. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 29, 2012:

I don't curse either and I applaud your efforts to have positivity surround your kids. It's hard but it works. I just think the English language or any language has so much beauty and diversity to it, that using a curse word is often trite. Great hub!

Marissa (author) from United States on December 12, 2011:

frugalfamily, oh my gosh: I could only imagine a teenager yelling out 'intercourse' when the moment to use profanity arises! What a great way to try to stop the replacement profanity! ;)

If you do decide to blog about it, let me know; I would read it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Brenda Trott, M.Ed from Houston, TX on December 10, 2011:

Haha, so cute! I have to admit something I wanted to blog about but I don't dare. I have 2 teens and two pre-teens and I got really tired of hearing "fudge" and other words that were just a replacement for a bad word. I said that for a whole week if they wanted to say something like that they needed to say the real word.."intercourse." Well my 12 year old just about died every time something came up and it really curbed the fake swearing for a while.

Marissa (author) from United States on December 10, 2011:

lovejulez03, I can fully appreciate how you are trying to keep your language clean around your son. That's a loving, caring mom! I like parents like that! ;)

I like your new 'swear' words. I bet it helps take the edge off of certain situations, like how my silly replacements make me smile.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

lovejulez03 from Iowa on December 10, 2011:

Good hub. Fun and interesting. The title is what got me. I, myself, am one of those parents that you probably don't like, because I have the mouth of a sailor. On the other hand, my son is quick to correct me when I swear, and I can count on one hand the times I've heard him say a swear word. Luckily, I'm improving my vocabulary with words like "fudge nuggets!" or "what the smack crap!". May sound silly but it helps me cut back and it's funny to him so it steers him away from the F word or others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Marissa (author) from United States on December 02, 2011:

Allana Calhoun, that is a funny story! My friends laugh at me when I say things like "Son-of-a-motherless-goat" (don't ask me where it came from!). I like the idea of the kids scolding the parents! It's similar to when my son reminds me not to say 'stupid'. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Allana Calhoun from Chicago, Illinois on December 02, 2011:

Ah yes the F-word...ever present in today's pop culture which is understandable - to a point. Our kids were given the responsibility of scolding mom and dad when they swore. This also effectively kept the kids from swearing themselves. Funny story - the other day I was stripping a wire at work and I accidentally sliced my finger (something akin to a paper cut but worse because it was a metal wire) and the words that came out of my mouth made my co-worker laugh. They were complete nonsense so I don't remember what exactly they were but he said you knew what I WANTED to say. He mused that it was a sure sign that I had kids...and not just recently but for a while. He is a relatively new father and said he still slips up a lot.

Marissa (author) from United States on December 01, 2011:

Kristine Manley, glad you liked it! Thanks for reading and Tweeting! :)

Kristine Manley from Atlanta, GA on December 01, 2011:

Wonderful Hub! I'm going to have to tweet this one.

Marissa (author) from United States on October 14, 2011:

Jo_Goldsmith11, thanks so much for your feedback! I fully appreciate your kind words. :)

Jo_Goldsmith11 on October 14, 2011:

Well done! I so agree with you about changing our attitudes and our language for those little ears that need to hear good words not filthy ones! I voted up! I liked how you pulled all the elements together, so beautifully! :) Take care and have a Fun Filled day with your Faith and fundamental practice of being a Fantastic mommy! :))

Marissa (author) from United States on October 14, 2011:

ktrapp, I may be extremely sleep deprived, but I got it! ;)

Dee aka Nonna, I'm glad you find favor with my fun suggestions! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Dee aka Nonna on October 14, 2011:

The was fun, fun, fun and your suggestions should become favorites with families .... family time is becoming a lost art. Thank you for sharing. I will past this on to every young couple, with children, I know.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 14, 2011:

Some times one f-word says it all. Glad you got it :)

Marissa (author) from United States on October 14, 2011:

ktrapp, thanks for the f-word you used to comment on the hub : fantastic! ;)

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 14, 2011:


Marissa (author) from United States on October 14, 2011:

Aceblogs, I really appreciate your kind words about this hub. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)

Aceblogs from India on October 14, 2011:

Simply Superb . I have started liking all your hubs . This is by far the best i have read .

Marissa (author) from United States on October 02, 2011:

JeniferRW, I was getting too tired of hearing the other too-often-used 'f-word', so this was a stress relieving rant for me. Sometimes good hubs stem from strong feelings. ;)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Jen from Couch on October 02, 2011:

Great approach to using other 'F' words, I thought this was such a neat idea for a Hub! Thanks so much! Voted up, awesome, interesting, useful.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 01, 2011:

felicitylovespari, glad you think they're much better F-words. Thanks so much for reading! :)

felicitylovespari on September 01, 2011:

Much better F words!

Marissa (author) from United States on August 04, 2011:

justateacher, thanks for reading and commenting! :)

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on August 03, 2011:

Great this hub...

Marissa (author) from United States on July 29, 2011:

Phil Plasma, glad you found the hub! Thanks for reading. :)

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on July 29, 2011:

Great list... I was fortunate to have found this 'F' friendly hub.

Marissa (author) from United States on July 27, 2011:

Jackie, I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub and my f-words. Thanks for commenting! :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 26, 2011:

Very good hub. Even I can come up with something if I bang a finger but I don't think I can ever accept profanity as a part of life. It offends me and I don't like being around it. Great hub and I like your F words better too.


Marissa (author) from United States on July 16, 2011:

laidbacklady, I'm glad you like my f-words better! Thanks for commenting :)

Linda Ann from Manchester Township, New Jersey on July 15, 2011:

Great hub, ThePracticalMommy! Yes, we have all used the bad words--the bad A word, F word, S word. I can remember being around all my older teen cousins as a kid and hearing that stuff, then using it myself through my teen years, especially the ever-present "F-bomb." And no, I am no longer shocked to hear it bandied about by young and old alike. I like your list of f-words better! Faith, family and friends is what it's all about! Voted up, useful, awesome and funny!

Marissa (author) from United States on July 05, 2011:

gmwilliams, I couldn't have said it better. It would be great to bring back civility and culture to our language. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on July 04, 2011:

Great hub! It is about time we bring civility and culture back to the English language.

Marissa (author) from United States on July 03, 2011:

Thanks so much, Movie Master, for reading and for commenting! :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 03, 2011:

Hi The PracticalMommy, what a lovely hub, I love what you have written, 'good old fashioned standards!' my 'f' word is 'fantastic' and voted up.

Marissa (author) from United States on July 02, 2011:

Thank you very much, denise.w.anderson. I appreciate your comment!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on July 02, 2011:

Bravo! Well said and well illustrated! Thanks for voicing the words that many of us wish that we had said!

Marissa (author) from United States on July 02, 2011:

Danette Watt, thanks so much for your honesty. So many of us use those words, but we have to be very careful around our little ones. They listen and repeat everything we say (I have a three year old!!). I'm sure you remember with your kids. :)

Thanks so much for reading and your comment!

Danette Watt from Illinois on July 02, 2011:

Yes, the best "F" word you had up there was FAMILY.

I agree, use of the magnetic frig letters was a cute visual and so appropriate when you have little ones in the house (remember having those!).

I'm guilty of using the curse words but when I hear others do that (especially the F word and especially young people) I cringe because I know that is how I must sound. I used to be much worse and continually strive to watch my language. But I can at least say that I never use those words around children.

Voted up

Marissa (author) from United States on July 02, 2011:

Happyboomernurse, I'm glad you found the words to be positive for families. It was my goal to find a few meaningfu words. Thanks for the vote up!

Alvin, thanks for reading. I'm glad you thought it was awesome! :)

alvinalex on July 01, 2011:

Awesome Hub! Thanks to share.



Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 01, 2011:

This hub was clever and jam packed with healthy positive "f" words that can improve the time, activities and lifestyles of families. Loved the way you used the magnetic letters for illustrative photos. Voted up, useful and awesome!

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