What to do when your toddler starts swearing

By Drum Digital
12 May 2014

Your child drops the F-bomb, what to do?

You’re with a group of strangers and suddenly your toddler drops the F-bomb. He probably doesn’t even know what the word means, but that doesn’t make the situation any less embarrassing. How should you handle it?

Here are some tips for dealing with this tricky situation:

  • Find out where it is your child is picking up the swearwords. If there’s someone in the house who swears a lot, that person needs to stop and let the child know that those swearwords aren’t appropriate words to use. Your child could have picked up the swearwords from TV or even from songs on the radio too. Try to not expose them to those things.
  • Set the rules in the house for the use of swearwords. If someone swears there needs to be consequences. Your toddler needs to understand that if they swear they’ll get into trouble because swearing is wrong.
  • Don’t laugh just after your child has cursed. This will make them think swearing makes you laugh and will repeat it. But don’t be angry; just explain swearing isn’t OK. Use words such as “no” and “bad”’ to drive home your point.
  • Discipline your toddler by putting them in time-out if they don’t stop using the swearwords. Or take away their favourite toy to show them that if they use the swearword, they’ll get into trouble.
  • Watch what you say around your toddler. Your child will repeat what you say.
  • “Explain that people don’t like hearing that word so they shouldn’t say it. If you use it yourself and your child chooses to point this out to you then tell them they can remind you not to say it too. If they remind you, apologise and use a different word,” Hartgill says.

- SuperMom

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